Friday, November 16 2018
  • A Superego Cafe website
The psychiatrist’s couch

The psychiatrist’s couch

The term "psychiatrist's couch" has become synonymous with the treatment given by any therapist. Real consultation rooms don't look like this but there was a real couch that started the stereotype. The first psychoanalyst's couch was a Victorian day-bed - reportedly given as a gift to Austrian neurologist Sigmund Freud by a grateful female patient, Madame Benvenisti, in around 1890. It is sturdy and solid, draped in a multi-coloured, rich Iranian rug and scattered with well-worn cushions.

Last night I made a Freudian slip. I was having dinner with my mother-in-law and wanted to say: "Could you please pass the butter." But instead I said: "You silly cow, you have completely ruined my life."

Psychiatree cartoon
  •  02 06 2014
  • |

A beginner’s guide to mindfulness

A beginner’s guide to mindfulness

Mindfulness is a meditation technique. Unlike mantra meditation, which involves focusing concentration on a particular word or sound, mindfulness aims to achieve a relaxed, non-judgmental awareness of your thoughts, feelings and sensations at the present moment.

A portrait of Sigmund Freud

A dog on a therapist

When psychiatrists joke