Sigmund Freud, from Martian Dreams
Austrian-born Sigmund Freud (1856–1939) is one of the fathers of modern psychology and treatment. His work was initially met with ridicule, before he would receive his well-deserved rewards.The Avatar met Dr. Freud in Martian Dreams right after travelling to the past, where he was a part of the team for the rescue mission to the red planet. During that time, Freud was busy formulating his theories on psycho-analysis, and asked the Avatar for some assistance during the travel to Mars, presenting the hero with several questions in a character test to see how valid his theories were.
While Dr. Freud stayed behind at the Landing Site, his experience in dream analysis became very useful when dealing with the famous people that were trapped in the dream realm. He gave the Avatar very useful insights on what the dreams could mean and how to solve the problems of the dreamers, in order to make them aware again. After the mission ended, he returned to Earth.
Following this, Dr. Freud, after lots of belittlement, would become one of the most influential people on modern psychology, given lots of praise for his work. However, his Jewish roots and the nature of his work put him into great danger after the Nazis came to power, especially after they occupied Austria. He finally left for England in 1938, already deathly sick from cancer after decades of smoking. He committed suicide in 1939.
Until I learned about the mysterious Martian Artifacts dubbed "dream machines" by the members of the 1893 expedition, I wondered what role Dr. Freud would play among the rescuers. The father of modern psychoanalysis, Freud revolutionized the field of mental health care. His ideas about dream analysis, free association, and the sexual basis of neuroses revolutionized a field that had depended upon hypnosis and electroshock therapy in the treatment of patients. It was shortly after the first reports reached Earth concerning the dream machines that communication from Mars stopped. Freud's expertise allowed him to explain the strange visions produced in those who used these Martian artifacts.
- Dr. Freud's appearance in Martian Dreams is a little too old; in 1895, Freud was only 39, but this was likely done to maintain his "iconic" older appearance.
See also Edit
- Sigmund Freud on Wikipedia.