43424 Freud

This minor planet is named after Dr. Sigmund Freud (1856 – 1939), a neurologist and inventor of psychoanalysis. He had a lot of ideas that influenced psychology, psychiatry, and culture, some of it positively, but he also generated a lot of pseudoscience and a lot of bullshit.

This symbol is charitably based on one of his less offensive ideas: the division of the psyche into id, ego, and superego. It is a circle divided into three, with one left-center vertical line, and horizontal line to the right, as some of Freud's illustrations suggest.


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