Don T Kill People, By Sigmund Freud

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Freud expresses the idea that dogs are ultimately the greatest companion a human can have because they are completely unaffected by the influences of an imperfect civilization. He assumed that animals have straight forward minds and don’t get jumbled in the love affairs and destruction of society. Freud often referred to the idea that “dogs love their friends and bite their enemies, quite unlike people, who are incapable of pure love and always have to mix love and hate in their object-relations.” Freud utilized this idea and his dog, Jofi, to treat his clients. It was recorded that Freud would often use the actions of his dog during a session with his client to determine whether or not the person was truly getting down to the subconscious reasons of their discontent. Roy Grinker, a psychiatrist that submitted himself to a therapy session with Freud, noticed that, when he became emotional, Jofi jumped onto him as he lay on the couch. Freud reacted to this experience by exclaiming: "You see, Jofi is so excited that you've been able to discover the source of your anxiety!” Since the dog was not influenced by civilized ideas, Jofi was able to sense when someone was disregarding the information that swayed them to believe they felt a certain way because of societal terms.

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