A 17-year old Sigmund Freud is a student at Vienna University. Many of his theories are in their early stages of development. Here we find a young Freud pitching ideas to his psychology professor, Dr. Claus.
Freud: Hey Doctor Claus, thanks so much for meeting with me.
Dr. Claus: That’s what office hours are for. What can I do for you?
Freud: Well I’m kicking around a few ideas that I think are pretty ground breaking and they might revolutionize the way we think about psychology.
Dr. Claus: Ok, let’s hear them.
Freud: The first one I call psychotherapy. You know how it feels good to talk about your problems?
Dr. Claus: You know, you’re right. It does feel pretty good. Like a weight has been lifted off of your chest or something.
Freud: Well, I think you can really alleviate a lot of stress by talking about that stuff with someone who is sworn to secrecy. Like a medical professional.
Dr. Claus: I like it! What else do you have?
Freud: I have this other thing about dreams and how they’re tied into your unconscious mind.
Dr. Claus: Hmm. Explain.
Freud: Dreams are weird right? I think that it’s just our brains trying to fulfill our wishes. Even if they are bad dreams it’s still speaking to some latent knowledge or hope.
Dr. Claus: That’s really interesting. This is great stuff so far, Sigmund. Anything else?
Freud: Yeah, one more. You know how every single person wants to make love to their own mother? Well I have this theory about–
Dr. Claus: Whoa. Wait, wait, wait. What?
Freud: I’m sorry was I going to fast?
Dr. Claus: No. I just thought I heard you say that everyone wants to make love to their own mothers.
Freud: Yes. That’s what I said.
Dr. Claus: Maybe I’m not understanding you correctly.
Freud: Ok, so you know how everyone feels anxious and depressed and has general neuroses and whatnot?
Dr. Claus: Yes…
Freud: And you know how everyone is sexually attracted to their own mother? Can’t be a coincidence! Am I right?
Dr. Claus: Yeah, this is where you’re losing me.
Freud: OK. So you have a mom right?
Dr. Claus: Yes.
Freud: And of course, you are interested in doing her, right?
Dr. Claus: Um…no.
Freud: See, that’s just repression.
Dr. Claus: No. I’m just not attracted to my 85 year old mother.
Freud: Yeah dude, you are. It’s just a fact.
Dr. Claus: How is that a fact?
Freud: Because it’s just like…how can you not be?
Dr. Claus: This is pretty disturbing. You might need to take a break from college. I think I’m going to need to call your parents.
Freud: Ooh. Ok. Can I talk to my mom?
Dr. Claus: No, you freak! I’m not sure you’re right for Vienna College after all. I’m going to speak to your father about this. Do you know if he’s around?
Freud: He won’t be for long, if I have my way…
Dr. Claus: Ok. Please get out of my office.
Freud: Wait, wait. I haven’t told you about my theory of Infantile Sexuality…