Video: Psychoanalysis in the 1940s

Would you want your therapist to talk like this?

Some fluff from the heyday of psychoanalysis. Images like this still represent psychoanalysis for many, and probably account for the publics’ eventual dismissal of the discipline. Psychoanalysis, though radically different as practiced today, probably involves only a few thousand people today.


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Clinical Psychologist practicing in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles, California.

2 thoughts on “Video: Psychoanalysis in the 1940s”

  1. True that this video portrays a far different form of psychoanalysis that is practiced today. What isn’t the least bit true is your claim that psychoanalysis “probably involves only a few thousand people today.”

    The American Psychoanalytic Association counts over 3,400 members nationwide, but there are thousands of other working psychoanalysts who operate independently of APsaA. If you are ever in need of factual information on the psychoanalytic profession don’t hesitate to visit


    1. True enough, Jake. I wonder if the total number is greater than, say, 10,000? I’ve had several analysts as supervisors, each of whom bemoaned the marginalization of the discipline.


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