This year marks the hundredth aniversary of Freud's papers,'The Unconscious' and 'Mourning and Melancholia.' The Sydney Institute of Psychoanalysis recently celebrated this occassion with papers by Dr Ron Spielman and Dr Paul Schimmel.
Doctor Spielman provided an overview of what Freud had said in 'The Unconsious.' He pointed out that Freud's thinking had deeply affected our view of the world. He quoted Marilyn Munroe as saying, "You are continually running into other people's unconscious."
Doctor Schimmel said that, throughout his career, Freud had two theorectical strands running side-by-side. The first was his meta-psychology. The other was located in his clinical work, which tended to be more open and exploratory. He said that Freud brought both strands together in 'Mourning and Melancholia", which made it such a powerful work.
On a lighter side, Doctor Schimmel quoted the joke, "A Freudian slip is when you say one thing and mean your mother." The cakes were modest, in keeping with the gravity of mouning and melancholia. Freud published 'The Ego and Id' in 1923. The big cake eaters will have to wait till then to get their chance.