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The Surprising Way Sigmund Freud Used His Dog for Psychoanalysis of Humans

This story comes from the amazing book "100 Dogs Who Changed Civilization" by Sam Stall. For more pup stories like this, check out the book on Amazon! Sigmund Freud, the founding father of psychoanalysis, was a pioneer in the field of psychology and renowned for his theories on human development. Little known fact: he was also a dog person. [caption id="attachment_22495" align="alignnone" width="486"]dog_2-png Image via cubmagazine.co.uk[/caption] Freud had a love for chow chows in particular. One of his chow chows, Jofi, was his right-hand canine and accompanied him during patient sessions. [caption id="attachment_22496" align="alignnone" width="553"]PJ-AY438_HEALTH_G_20101220211203 Image via online.wsj.com[/caption] Freud thought that dogs had a calming effect over people (which they do, of course). Recent studies have supported this notion. In one study, participants were placed into one of three conditions; they either had a dog nearby, were asked to think about a dog, or had no pet involvement (the control group). The participants then had their blood pressure measured while performing a distressing cognitive task. [caption id="attachment_22512" align="alignnone" width="600"]Corgeek Image via www.mnn.com[/caption] Results showed that those who had a dog present, and even those who were just thinking about a dog, had lower blood pressure than those who had no pet involvement. This is why puppy study breaks during finals week are 100% a valid use of your University's budget (yes, it's really a thing...). [caption id="attachment_22500" align="alignnone" width="500"]tumblr_lhes5dBdPI1qhanejo1_500 Image via weheartit.com[/caption] Freud also thought that dogs had the ability to read people's emotional states and were great judges of character. He would assess his patient's mental states with the help of Jofi. She would lie relatively near a patient if the patient was calm whereas she would keep her distance if the patient was anxious. [caption id="attachment_22501" align="alignnone" width="586"]Freud_con_Jofi_2-586x467 Image via yale.edu[/caption] Jofi was special in that she had an internal clock that would alert her when Freud's sessions were over. After exactly 50 minutes, she would get up, stretch, and head for the door, letting Freud know that it was time to wrap things up. Freud described Jofi as "a charming creature, so interesting in her feminine characteristics, too, wild, impulsive, intelligent and yet not so dependent as dogs often are". In short, this chow chow was the bomb.com. [caption id="attachment_22509" align="aligncenter" width="191"]Freud-and-Lun Image via willmydoghateme.com[/caption]   Featured image via WonderfulPlanet.org

Hope Bobbitt

7 years ago

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