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Vladimir Nabokov on Freudian psychoanalysis

Interviewer:Have you ever been psychoanalyzed?
VN:Have I been what?
Interviewer:Subjected to psychoanalytical examination.
VN:Why, good God?
Interviewer:In order to see how it is done. Some critics have felt that your barbed comments about the fashionability of Freudianism, as practiced by American analysts, suggest a contempt based upon familiarity.
VN:Bookish familiarity only. The ordeal itself is much too silly and disgusting to be contemplated even as a joke. Freudism and all it has tainted with its grotesque implications and methods appears to me to be one of the vilest deceits practiced by people on themselves and on others. I reject it utterly, along with a few other medieval items still adored by the ignorant, the conventional, or the very sick.
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