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Life of the mind

The importance of the couch

If you go to the Freud Museum in Hampstead, you can see Sigmund Freud’s actual couch, a chaise longue given to him by the grateful patient Madame Benvenisti in 1890-ish. Once alone in the museum, with his collection of antique figures, his desk, books and paintings, I found something painfully moving about that couch, draped with Persian carpets and now empty of anyone’s unconscious. Dora, the Rat Man, Anna O, the Wolf Man (pseudonyms given to his patients) all lay there, Freud sitting behind them. This is where it all began. (Well, actually, it began in Vienna—here is where it ended when Freud died in 1939.)

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In Prospect’s July issue: In her final issue as Editor Bronwen Maddox explores the legacy of former Prime Minister Tony Blair having spoken with him at a Prospect event on 24th May. She examines his domestic policy, the lessons from Iraq and Afghanistan and what the future holds for the Labour Party. The Chancellor George Osborne lays down his view on why the public should to “Remain” in the EU, and Ian Hargreaves takes a close look at what is happening at the BBC. Also in this issue: Former Conservative leader David Davis suggests he can see a very narrow set of circumstances that might push him towards running for the party leadership again, William Skidelsky writes about why tennis is the best sport and Vanora Bennett looks at Svetlana Alexievich’s extraordinary work recording Russia’s lost voices.