Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Episode 001: Sigmund Freud

This week we talked about the Western world's "Love Doctor." The man who shoved and pulled neuroses out of Victorian Western consciousness by not defining things.

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Sigmund Freud. 

We discussed Freud's theories, including childhood development and his essay titled "The Sexual Aberrations," which you can find here. Liz made reference to an essay by Anne Fausto-Sterling called "The Five Sexes: Why Male and Female Are Not Enough" as supplemental reading available here.

But one of the most horrifying parts of our conversation was about mental healthcare treatments available in the 19th century. Here are the images that Liz showed Bill during the episode: 


Hydrotherapy was very popular as a treatment for "neurotic" men and women or "hysterical" women. It remained popular throughout the 20th century.

The Whirling Chair

The product of Erasmus Darwin's logic to spin neurotics to sleep, whirling chairs were used at least the late 1940's, when LIFE Magazine photographed it.