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Google Doodle gets a Freudian mask

Google Doodle celebrates Sigmund Freud's 160th birthday

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published: May 6, 2016 10:43 am
sigmund freud, freud, freud doodle, iceberg theory, freud iceberg, iceberg theory freud, freud iceberg theory, freudian theories, freud theories, trending news, trending globally The Google Doodle on Sigmund Freud’s 160th birth anniversary. (Source: Google)

To mark the 160th birthday of the father of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud, Google put up a truly Freudian doodle.

While the psychoanalyst is most commonly represented sitting on a chair with the patient lying on the couch beside him, or as we’ve now come to perceive every clinical psychologist ever, Doodler Kevin Laughlin instead chose one of Freud’s most groundbreaking theories – the iceberg.

The iceberg theory, which explains the unconscious, pre-conscious and conscious and how they give birth to id, superego and ego which in turn shape a person’s identity.

Depicting the Freudian theory, the doodle shows most of the brain submerged and unknown, representing the pre-conscious and unconscious and shows only a part of the face above surface to represent the conscious.

Freud, who considered Shakespeare as one of his greatest influences, held up the notion that writers and academicians were intuitive about his theories way before he ever published them. Which is why his theory ‘Oedipus Complex’ owes its name to an ancient Greek play by Euripedes.

Google showed up the doodle across continents to celebrate the birthday of the man who changed the way world understood human behaviour forever.

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  1. X
    May 7, 2016 at 4:10 am
    It's gold approaching flanked by silver representing a gold:silver ration of 1:2, you can see the price of gold going up represented on the under side of the icebergs, and the elite moving from gold to silver. lt;br/gt;Too many things in there pointing to that for them all to be a coincidence. lt;br/gt;Maybe just a market savvy artist.
    1. TheOne Anjel
      May 6, 2016 at 6:18 am
      You all do know that Freud is now recognized as one of the greatest quacks of all time, right? You talk about his work like it's still valid.
      1. J
        May 6, 2016 at 6:07 am
        Sigmund Freud is regarded as one of the most influential - and controversial - minds of the 20th century.