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By Lida Prypchan
“KNOW THYSELF” In 1897 Freud began what can be considered the most heroic act of his life – the psychoanalysis of his own unconscious. The ancient oracle of Delphi had from ancient times encouraged philosophers and thinking persons to pursue the maxim “Know thyself,” but unconsciously resisting,...

By Lida Prypchan
The spring of 1885 held both heartache and promise for Vincent van Gogh. On the evening of Thursday, March 26, 1885, Vincent’s father, Dutch minister Theodorus van Gogh, died of a stroke. Vincent telegraphed his brother, Theo, at Theo’s place of business in Paris with just five words: SUDDEN DEATH,...

By Lida Prypchan
Although it appears that the two months between the arrival of Paul Gauguin at Arles and his time with Vincent van Gogh were largely two of the happiest months of van Gogh’s life, by December 23, 1888, it had ended in disaster. Whether precipitated by an argument with Gauguin, his feelings of inadequacy...

By Lida Prypchan
Vincent Willem van Gogh, born March 30, 1853, was the second child of protestant minister, Theodorus van Gogh, and his artist wife and bookseller’s daughter, Anna Cornelia Carbentus. Theodorus’ and Anna’s first child, a son, was stillborn one year before Vincent was born. That first son was also...

By Lida Prypchan
In most books about how to improve memory the authors depict memory as a file with many drawers where we can classify and select what will go in each. We memorize something in a better or worse way, depending on the favorable or unfavorable impression that it produces in us. How can we not be interested...

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