Freud and Travel Worksheet
The word 'Reisemalheurs' ('Travel mishaps') was used in a letter written by Sigmund Freud to his family while on holiday in Blackpool in 1908. It invokes the minor mishaps of travel, but is suggestive too of the wider travails and stresses of journeys, both forced and voluntary. The word 'Wanderlust' evokes opposite associations of the joy of travel and exploration.
- From the evidence you can find in Freud's study and the Interpretation of Dreams exhibition, what kind of "personality" would you say he had?
How would you describe his personality using psychological terms?
How did Freud see his own identity? (Use evidence from the Promised Lands exhibition in your answer)
- Travel is an emotional experience, and different places evoke different emotions.
Imagine an emotional map of Freud's house and list the emotions that you find in each room.
- It is often said that travel 'broadens the mind'
How did Freud's travel broaden his mind, and what did it teach him?
- Freud lived in Vienna for 78 years, although he often said he hated the place.
Why do you think Freud stayed in Vienna for so long?
Find something in the museum to support your answer.
- When Freud visited the Acropolis in Athens he had a strange experience of 'de-realisation' - he couldn't believe it was real.
How would you explain Freud's feeling?
Have you ever had a similar experience?
- Freud claimed that the experience of anti-Semitism was a spur to his creative thinking.
Why do you think he said that?
- Freud said that dreams represent the disguised fulfilment of a "wish".
If Freud's study was a dream what is the wish you can find expressed in it?
Use evidence from the WANDERLUST exhibition in your answer.
Freud's postcard from Blackpool 1908