I have this quote that I’m looking for the original English of (although it may very well have not originally been in English even)


Freud has a famous quote about words and magic and this is certainly part of it, but I’m having trouble locating the matiching beginning part.

Any ideas?


In Freud's essay "Psychical (Or Mental) Treatment (1890)". I found the quote below with Google's help:

Foremost among such measures is the use of words; and words are the essential tool of mental treatment. A layman will no doubt find it hard to understand how pathological disorders of the body and mind can be eliminated by ‘mere’ words. He will feel that he is being asked to believe in magic. And he will not be so very wrong, for the words which we use in our everyday speech are nothing other than watered-down magic.


this is really bad translation into Chinese. it seems to me the paragraph was translated by a machine. words --> 词,but should be translated to 对话 in this context I think.

  • Good comment, but it is not an answer. Aug 16 '17 at 10:16

The works of Freud are done in German as far as I know. If there are English versions, they are the works of translation but not original.

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