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Anna Freud
December 3, 1895 - October 9, 1982
Nationality: Austrian
Category: Psychologist
Subcategory: Austrian Psychologist

Create around one at least a small circle where matters are arranged as one wants them to be.


It is only when parental feelings are ineffective or too ambivalent or when the mother's emotions are temporarily engaged elsewhere that children feel lost.


I was always looking outside myself for strength and confidence but it comes from within. It is there all the time.


If some longing goes unmet, don't be astonished. We call that Life.


Papa continually emphasizes how much remains unexplained. With the other psychoanalytic writers, everything is always so known and fixed.


A first visit to a madhouse is always a shock.


We are aware only of the empty space in the forest, which only yesterday was filled with trees.


Things are not as we would like them to be. There is only one way to deal with it, namely to try and be all right oneself.


How can one know anything at all about people?


What I have always wanted for myself is much more primitive. It is probably nothing more than the affection of the people with whom I am in contact, and their good opinion of me.


Papa always makes it clear that he would like to know me as much more rational and lucid than the girls and women he gets to know during his analytic hours.


Creative minds have always been known to survive any kind of bad training.


We are imprisoned in the realm of life, like a sailor on his tiny boat, on an infinite ocean.


I am glad that I do not have any children.


Children usually do not blame themselves for getting lost.

    Topics: Children

Who promised you that only for joy were you brought to this earth?


Everything becomes so problematic because of basic faults: from a discontent with myself.


Why do we go around acting as though everything was friendship and reliability when basically everything everywhere is full of sudden hate and ugliness?


Sometimes the most beautiful thing is precisely the one that comes unexpectedly and unearned.


We live trapped, between the churned-up and examined past and a future that waits for our work.


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