F is for Freud

“Civilization began the first time an angry person cast a word instead of a rock.”

Austrian neurologist (1856–1939). Father of psychoanalysis, a method of uncovering internal conflicts based on the patient’s dreams and free associations. Considered himself as primarily a scientist more than a doctor, pursuing an understanding of human knowledge and experience. Worked with Josef Breuer, which led him to believe that neuroses stem from childhood traumas that could be cured by unburying them from the unconscious mind and dealing with them intellectually and emotionally.

G is for Goethe

“Behavior is the mirror in which everyone shows their image.”

German playwright, novelist, scientist, statesman, theater director, critic, & amateur artist (1749-1842). A central representative of the Romantic movement in Europe. Best known for his long poem/play Faust about a half-legendary figure who sells his soul to the Devil in exchange for knowledge and power. Prominent member of the Sturm und Drang (storm and stress) movement, which sought to overthrow the Enlightenment “cult of Rationalism” in favor of individualism, feeling, and nature.

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