Freud, Rilke, and some rambling thoughts on choice

“The poets and philosophers before me discovered the unconscious; what I discovered was the scientific method by which the unconscious can be studied.” – Sigmund Freud

In the last half of the 19th century, an Austrian doctor with a penchant for smoking cigars did something remarkable. He shocked the medical community by saying that most of our behaviors were not a matter of conscious choice but were a result of the unconscious, a vast reservoir of memories, repressed feelings, and desires that were the actual motives to our behaviors.
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Weekend Reads

What are you reading over the weekend?

Anthony T.: Man’s Search for Himself (1953) by Rollo May

Rollo May is one of the fathers of existential psychology, which takes a different view of psychotherapy in that meaning is what is central to human existence. May discusses of the problems of modern man– anxiety, loneliness and the death of God– in an academic but very readable work. If you enjoy Nietzche,  Kierkegaard or Rilke, you’ll dig this book.
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