In biological psychology section of the course, you cover some of Freud’s theories. In London, there is a museum dedicated to the life and works of the famous psychoanalysis Sigmund Freud and his daugther, Anna Freud, who was a pioneer of child psychoanalysis.
In psychoanalytic treatment nothing happens but an exchange of words between the patient and the physician.
– Sigmund Freud
The museum is the home where Sigmund Freud spent his last days after fleeing Nazi-occupied Austria. When walking up to the pale front door, through the flowery garden, you can understand why Freud said the house was “too beautiful” for his family.
When you walk into the hall and up to the “half-landing” you discover two seats by huge windows at which Freud’s wife and her sister sat sewing for hours on end. As the sun pours into the windows and the view of the street becomes apparent- it is clear why this was their favourite spot.
Up another flight of stairs is a room dedicated to Anna Freud. Hung proudly on the wall is her many certificates that show the abundant work she done on improving the lives of children. When she worked as a primary school teacher, she conducted some experiments on her pupils. Including, allowing them to pick their own food. Shockingly to the people of the time, she found that they didn’t just pick cakes and sweets! Along the same road is the “Anna Freud Centre” a place dedicated to helping children who have been referred bysocial services.
When you walk back down the stairs to the ground flour, there is a door into the famous study of Sigmund Freud where he continued his work throughout his elderly years in “freedom”. A large personal libary, a collection of areological finds and the famous couch upon which his patients laid. The couch was positioned facing away from Freud to, firstly, give the patient freedom to talk away from judgement and also because Sigmund didn’t like being “stared” at for hours on end. In addition, in later years after he lost his hearing in his right ear due to cancer of the jaw, it aided Freud in hearing his patient.
The Freuds revolutionised the way in which mental illness was treated. They where kind and compassionate. We have a lot to thank them for.