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Prophecies and Premonitions

WithHelen Walker Puner, Erich Fromm, Paul Roazen, S. P. Puner

Sigmund Freud, whose profound and vigilant mind became the laboratory for psychological discoveries which have shaken the complacent conventions of Western civilization, was born into a world of perplexing reality whose problems he spent a lifetime trying to solve. Sigmund's mother had borne a child whose destiny it became to make rational the exploration of the irrational and the extra-scientific; but she herself was a believer in signs, portents and premonitions—in all the superstitions of the dark world which begins where reason ends. Sigmund had come into the world covered with a growth of pitch-black hair. His mother interpreted this as a special sign of distinction, and called him in his childhood her “little Moor.” She firmly believed and endlessly repeated the prophecy of the old peasant woman who, assisting at the birth, had assured her that she had brought a great man into the world.