Karl Kraus: Half Truths and One and a Half Truths: Selected Aphorisms on Psychoanalysis

08 November 2019



  • In a well-run mental household there ought to be a thorough cleaning at the threshold of consciousness a few times a year.
  • One cleans someone else’s threshold of consciousness if one’s own home is dirty.
  • Analysis is the tendency of the schnorrer to explain how riches come into being. Invariably that which he does not possess has been acquired by deceit. The other fellow just has it; but fortunately the analyst is in the know.
  • Psychoanalysis is that mental illness for which it regards itself as therapy.
  • They pick our dreams as if they were our pockets.
  • The new psychiatrists say that everything and anything can be traced back to sexual causes. Their method, for example, could be explained as the eroticism of father confessors.
  • Psychoanalysts are father confessors who like to listen to the sins of the fathers as well.
  • Psychology is a bus that accompanies an airplane.
  • Psychoanalysis: a rabbit that was swallowed by a boa constrictor just wanted to see what it was like in there.
  • Your conscious probably hasn’t much use for my unconscious. But I have implicit faith in my unconscious; it will be able to deal with your conscious.
  • If something is stolen from you, don’t go to the police. They’re not interested. Don’t go to a psychologist either, because he’s interested in only one thing: that it was really you who did the stealing.
  • They have the press, they have the stock exchange, and now they also have the subconscious!

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