Sunday, February 15, 2009

Herzog: Psychoanalysis is "even worse than the Spanish Inquisition"

"Things rarely turn out well when the swashbuckling side of Herzog takes over. Several years ago, he returned to the Alps to ski with some old friends. One day, he sped down a notoriously treacherous run; when he boasted about it that night, nobody believed him. The next day, he insisted on doing it again—and, predictably, he wiped out. 'I nearly died,' he told me, and he still has difficulty turning his neck.

Why does he do such things? Herzog does not want to know the answer. 'I think that psychoanalysis is one of the great evils of civilization, even worse than the Spanish Inquisition,' he told me. 'At least the Inquisition was about keeping something together. Analysis is only about taking a person apart. I would rather die than see an analyst.'

quote taken from The Ecstatic Truth: Werner Herzog's Quest by Daniel Zalewski in The New Yorker, April 24, 2006.

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