best quotes by sigmund freud

Saturday secret service psychologist: come play my mind game

Happy Saturday all! I am finally settled in my new home, so back at it!

This person is probably an INFP. There is reason to believe that they had histrionic, narcissistic and compulsive traits. Here’s what they’ve said:

The liberty of the individual is no gift of civilisation. It was greatest before there was any civilisation.

Most people do not really want freedom, because freedom involves responsibility, and most people are frightened of responsibility.

The virtuous man contents himself with dreaming that which the wicked man does in actual life.

Immorality, no less than morality, has at all times found support in religion.

Religion is an illusion and it derives its strength from the fact that it falls in with our instinctual desires.

Everywhere I go I find a poet has been there before me.

Flowers are restful to look at. They have neither emotions nor conflicts.

I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father’s protection.

So, who said this? Below are some suggestions to help you guess!

Have a wonderful weekend

16 thoughts on “Saturday secret service psychologist: come play my mind game”

  1. I think Freud; from the references to instinctual drives, the father figure, and the notion that flowers do not have conflicts. I don’t know much about the personality-type abbreviations you use, other than that I know it is a thing and that it possesses some academic or clinical context.

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  2. I have taken the Myers Brigg test numerous times so wondering what has you conclude this person is an INFP. Just curious. Thanks. J (BTW I am an INFP.)


      1. I do not see him as an INFP. My first impression is an INTJ.

        Tends not to value organized religion, private, tends to be pessimistic, analytical, tends to not like most people (INTJ) in the company of Nietzsche and Marx

        Focus on fantasies, creative, disorganized, avoidant, moody, low self-confidence, can act without thinking (INFP) in the company of VanGogh and Princess Diana


  3. Hi Martina–my reasons for wishing Freud didn’t continue to get the press and adulation he gets include his recanting of the truth he heard from his early patients regarding their sexual exploitation, his stance that women were morally inferior, his inability to entertain alternative, and more humane and accurate views of human nature (Jung, and especially Adler), his inability to see and address the reasons one sex might envy the power and control of the other, including no mention of breast or uterus envy that some males experience…I see him as a petty, vicious, controlling man with the ability to write well. I believe he selectively “borrowed” other people’s ideas without giving them credit, while grimly and eloquently espousing doctrines that are unprovable, but quite damaging. If you forgive the pun, these doctrines are quite seductive…and thus, can be dangerously self-fulfilling. What we believe about why we do what we do is a force unto itself.


  4. The statements are not compatible so my guess is they all are responsible for some of them. It’s unusual for any one to be totally consistent but I don’t believe one person could be as inconsistent as some of these are.

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