Google Honors Sigmund Freud On His 160th Birthday With Relevant Doodle

May 6, 2016 - 7:43 am 0 by
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Today on Google.com is a special Google Doodle, a Google logo, designed for honoring the life of Sigmund Freud. Today would be his 160th birthday and he is one of the most well known neurologist and is considered the father of psychoanalysis. He analyzes people's dreams as something that means more than just nothing.

He was born on May 6, 1856 in Czech Republic and died at the age of 83 on September 23, 1939 in London. Freud lived and worked in Vienna, having set up his clinical practice there in 1886. In 1938 Freud left Austria to escape the Nazis (today is the day after Yom HaShoa, a day that remembers those horrible days) . He died in exile in the United Kingdom in 1939.

The Doodler expressed their inspiration behind the Doodle:

Did you wonder what your dream meant this morning? The idea that dreams "mean" anything or that we have an active subconscious mind, is a concept we owe to Sigmund Freud, who was born 160 years ago today. Freud is best known as the father of psychoanalysis, the method of resolving mental illness through a dialogue between a doctor and patient. The Freudian method of interpretation – looking for meaning beyond the surface of things – now extends far beyond the sphere of psychotherapy. Freudian terms like "narcissism," "sibling rivalry," "free association," and "death wish" are part of our vernacular, and Freud's theories continue to fuel heated debate among academics.

A dimpled leather couch might be the typical visual associated with Freud and other therapists, but Doodler Kevin Laughlin instead created this iceberg. With a vast hidden base, the iceberg references the murky depths of the unconscious mind. More importantly, the design draws our eye to the horizon, reminding us how the genius of Freud's practice rests in the space between doctor and patient, reader and text, human and world.

I am sure there are many happy searchers out there after spotting this Google Doodle.

Forum discussion at Google+.

 

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