Sigmund Freud's 160th birthday: Google celebrates with a creative doodle!

Freud, who was born on 6 May 1856, is best known as the father of psychoanalysis, the method of resolving mental illness through a dialogue between a doctor and patient.  

Last Updated: May 06, 2016, 08:57 AM IST
Sigmund Freud's 160th birthday: Google celebrates with a creative doodle!

New Delhi: Google is celebrating the 160th birth anniversary of Sigmund Freud, an Austrian neurologist and the father of psychoanalysis, with a creative doodle on its homepage on Friday.

Representing one of his most celebrated theories - the iceberg theory – today's doodle features Freud's face as the tip of iceberg floating on waters. The doodle by Kevin Laughlin shows only part of Freud’s head - his visage - floating above the surface of the water while the rest of it- the major part- is submerged within water. With a vast hidden base, the iceberg also references the murky depths of the unconscious mind.

Freud, who was born on 6 May 1856, is best known as the father of psychoanalysis, the method of resolving mental illness through a dialogue between a doctor and patient. The idea that dreams "mean" anything or that we have an active subconscious mind, is a concept we owe to Freud.

“The Freudian method of interpretation - looking for meaning beyond the surface of things - now extends far beyond the sphere of psychotherapy. Freudian terms like 'narcissism,' 'sibling rivalry,' 'free association,' and 'death wish' are part of our vernacular, and Freud's theories continue to fuel heated debate among academics,” wrote Google in a blog post.

Freud died of mouth cancer, in 1939, in London at the age of 83.