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Old 02 April 2008, 01:31 AM
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Glasses Freud: Psychoanalysis doesn't work on the Irish

Comment: I've found versions of the following quotation attributed to
Freud throughout the internet:

"The Irish are a race for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever."

I haven't been able to find any context for the quotation. Do you know
whether he said it?
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Old 02 April 2008, 09:03 AM
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From the Freud Museum's website:

This remark is discussed in the Oscar-winning movie The Departed. However, there is no evidence Freud ever said it.
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Old 02 April 2008, 10:28 AM
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...and here's me thinking psycholanalysis was of no use whatsoever full stop.


...but seriously folks, i'm guessing Freud never met many Irish folk, given Mum, Mass and the Merry Mile i'd have assumed they'd be walking test cases!
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Old 02 April 2008, 02:35 PM
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Although Freud died in London he was only there for the last few years ofhis life, having spent almost all his career in Austria. Although he may have had a few Irish patients there would not have been enough to generalize (and of course if he had said it we English would quote it every few minutes)
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