The Psychoanalytic Couch
Sigmund Freud’s analytic couch set the standard for psychoanalytic furniture – and it remains on display in the Freud Museum in London, to this day. The theory behind the psychoanalyst’s couch is straightforward: when lying down, a client will be more relaxed and likely to speak more freely. Facing away from the analyst, they cannot see or be influenced by the analyst’s reactions.
An analyst’s couch should be comfortable – but not to the point of inducing sleepiness. It should also be “neutral” in design, so as not to itself evoke associations when unlocking the patient’s subconscious. As an ancillary concern, the psychoanalyst’s couch should complement his or her office. It should be aesthetically pleasing from a design standpoint, without being intimidating or obtrusive. And, of course, it must be sturdy for years of use.
In short, to the psychoanalyst, the couch is as important of a tool as a drill is to a dentist, or a scalpel is to a surgeon. The analytic couch is the psychoanalyst’s stock-in-trade, and should be chosen with great care and consideration.
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