The only known recording of Sigmund Freud’s voice

Sigmund Freud (6 May 1856 – 23 September 1939), was an Austrian neurologist who became known as the founding father of psychoanalysis. He spent the last year of his life in Britain, before succumbing to jaw cancer. Even though he had trouble speaking because of the unbearable pain due to his cancer, A BBC radio crew managed to get a recording of him speaking on Dec 7, 1938. Here’s a transcript of what he said:

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.

hehh..heheh..hehhehh, he said “urges“.

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