Nine months before Sigmund Freud’s death, the BBC visited the North London home of the Austrian psychiatrist.
The folks at OpenCulture have posted an audio recording of the interview, which was broadcast on Dec. 27, 1938, as part of the BBC’s “Celebrities on Radio” series.
The 81-year-old father of psychoanalysis was suffering from throat cancer at the time and his speech is difficult to understand.
Here’s a transcript of the interview:
I started my professional activity as a neurologist trying to bring relief to my neurotic patients. Under the influence of an older friend and by my own efforts, I discovered some important new facts about the unconscious in psychic life, the role of instinctual urges, and so on. Out of these findings grew a new science, psychoanalysis, a part of psychology, and a new method of treatment of the neuroses. I had to pay heavily for this bit of good luck. People did not believe in my facts and thought my theories unsavory. Resistance was strong and unrelenting. In the end I succeeded in acquiring pupils and building up an International Psychoanalytic Association. But the struggle is not yet over. –Sigmund Freud.
[via Psychology Today]
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