If you're Irish you should understand what he meant and take it as a compliment. We're an extremely proud and stubborn race of people with good reason to be so.
That was a mildly racist statement by Freud, even if meant as a compliment. Remember, during his time they were still calling the Irish the "niggers of Europe".
Freud's patients were Viennese/Germanic. I suspect Sig met very few Irish or Catholic. Calvinists worried about the hidden meanings of towers and chalices. No wonder they were "Freudened", as James Joyce put it at Finnigan's Wake. Now, imagine all of the above being said to a psychiatrist..Impenetrable, but not a jot of.Madness. Slainte.
Yet the scary thing is DSM may offer diagnostic labels for the imperviously Irish: oppositional defiant disorder/bpd/dissociative et al.
The major problem wit the Irish which probably be tracked back to some other causes is that they have a more than average tendency to be alcoholic. If they re not alcoholic they generally have someone in the family that was one and then they suffer from permanent addiction to resentment.
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