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.