Where the Wednesday Night Psychoanalytical Society Met

Where the Wednesday Night Psychoanalytical Society Met

The famous couch is not here in Vienna, having been moved to London when Freud emigrated in 1938. It is intentionally understood here at the Museum as a “lost object.” However, Freud’s daughter (and amanuensis) Anna allowed the furniture from the waiting room to return to Vienna where it is now back in situ. This is where Freud’s earliest circle of associates and followers met on Wednesday evenings to share case studies, review publications, and present papers to one another. My initial research here has been to cull through the minutes of these meetings for mentions of religion and philosophy (which do appear). The minutes, or “Protokolle” were kept in quite a bit of detail by Otto Rank from 1906 until 1938. I’ve often said “If these walls could talk!” and reading the minutes allows them to share some of their secrets.


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Christiane Brooks Johnson Professor of Psychology and Religion, Union Theological Seminary, New York NY
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