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23 September 2019 will mark the 80th anniversary of Sigmund Freud's death

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(Vienna, 23 September 2019) On 23 September 1939, Sigmund Freud died at the age of 83 in London, to which he had fled the previous year as a very sick man to escape the Nazis. Vienna is justifiably proud of the legacy left by this man, who is regarded in various rankings as one of the world's most frequently cited scientists. Numerous places and institutions in Vienna are named after him. Since last year, a larger-than-life-size cast of a statue of Freud by Oskar Nemon has graced the campus of the Medical University of Vienna.

Freud's form of psychoanalysis has successfully contributed to our understanding and its theories have informed many different disciplines, from education through to cultural sciences. Even our general understanding about the significance of childhood, the power of unconscious processes and of conflicts about sexuality and aggression has been permanently influenced by Freudian theories.

Psychoanalysis, which was historically the first scientific psychotherapeutic method for treating mental disorders, has remained a dynamic science. It is almost impossible to imagine modern psychotherapy without its psychodynamic perspectives. The practice of high-frequency psychoanalytic treatments represents a vital further development that can achieve lasting success in complex psychological disorders and the quality of these treatments is being comprehensively studied.

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