Talk Therapy: Can Freud Get His Job Back?

In the age of happy pills and quick fixes, the talking cure still has something to offer

How many Freudians does it take to change a light bulb? Two. One to change the bulb, and one to hold the penis...I mean ladder! Although Sigmund Freud isn't exactly famous for his sense of humor, he actually liked jokes--in fact, he wrote a book about them, Jokes and Their Relation to the Unconscious. But he probably wouldn't have liked that one. Freudian psychoanalysis was one of the great innovations of the 20th century, and only 50 years ago, it was a mainstay of mental-health care. But since then it has gone from a medical and cultural institution to the punch...

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