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->''If often he was wrong and at times absurd\\
To us he is no more a person\\
Now but a climate of opinion.''
-->--'''Creator/WHAuden''', "In Memory of Sigmund Freud" (1940)

''Zo, tell me about your mozzer.''

When psychology comes up in media, it will almost always use the Freudian model – even though it's archaic and basically obsolete.

Freud's model (drastically oversimplified, of course) is that many psychological problems can be traced to interaction with one's parental figures or some interaction of the UsefulNotes/IdSuperegoAndEgo, commonly known as the "Freudian Trio". The best way to cure someone was the "talking cure", where the patient is made to talk about his problem until it's out in the open and he can face it directly. Freudian psychology was the predominant model until about 1975, when scientists found out a lot more about the human brain and the chemical imbalances that can ''really'' cause mental illness.

The prevalence of this trope comes from Freudian psychology just being more interesting for character stories. After all, it's [[BoringButPractical not particularly interesting]] to diagnose a character with a mental illness and treat him or her with appropriate drugs -- but you can get a lot more mileage if you spin that illness into a FreudianExcuse like having AbusiveParents or an OedipusComplex. Furthermore, Freudian psychoanalysis and similar humanistic therapies lend themselves well to CharacterDevelopment; they take time, but they also lead to [[ContemplateOurNavels contemplation]], [[EpiphanyTherapy epiphany]], and triumphant catharsis. And just because Freudian psychology is outdated doesn't mean it's ''entirely'' useless, and such therapy might still be actually useful.

The ubiquity of this trope leads to many other [[HollywoodPsych psychology tropes]] deriving from TV-Freudianism, like the FreudianExcuse, the FreudianCouch (where the patient lies down and explains everything), and PsychologicalProjection. FreudWasRight is the extreme, where Freudianism is [[{{Flanderization}} Flanderized]] into the idea that the subconscious id is our [[CovertPervert inner pervert]], supplying an endless stream of crude sexual thoughts.

A subtrope of HollywoodPsych and SmallReferencePools. See also UsefulNotes/CarlJung, Freud's contemporary and one-time apprentice, who provides the most popular alternative viewpoint.


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* In ''Anime/WelcomeToTheNHK'', Misaki tries to help Satou by interpreting his dreams based on a book about Freud. Satou sees through it and decides to fool around, describing a rather interesting dream.
* ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'':
** Played with when Kyon wakes up from a dream that ends with a kiss and cries, "What the hell?! Freud would have a field day with this!"
** Koizumi is fond of explaining Haruhi's and everyone else's behavior through Freudian psychology. However, he mostly stays clear of {{Freudian Excuse}}s and seems to use Freud's actual theories, not TheThemeParkVersion.
* In ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'', one of the duelists, Professor Frank, is a psychologist and a hypnotist, whose cards (most notably Id the Superdemonic Lord, aka [[{{Bowdlerize}} Ido the Supreme Magical Force]]) are {{Shout Out}}s to Freudian psychology

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In Franchise/TheDCU's ''Kid Eternity'', the eponymous character, who can summon the spirits of the dead, brings in Freud ''and'' Jung to analyze him when he thinks he might be crazy. They spend so much time arguing with each other, each insult reflecting modern opinion of their theories, that Kid eventually figures himself out completely independent of them.
* ''ComicBook/LuckyLuke'': One story has a proto-Freudian doctor visit the US to test his theory that all criminals trace their behavior back to a [[FreudianExcuse turning point in their childhoods]]. He demonstrates this by getting the criminals to talk about their childhoods, which leads them to start crying, return the loot they've stolen, and promise to live better lives from then on. Then he encounters the Daltons, who are quite proud of their criminal childhoods, and turns evil (although in the end he manages to cure [[DumbIsGood Averell]]). Freud himself makes a cameo at the very end, as a terrified nanny tells Mrs. Freud what baby Siggy tried to get her to do.
* ''ComicBook/TheTransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye'' features psychologists Rung and Froid, based on Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud respectively, who bring up various tropes on psychology. But the comic otherwise averts the trope, with Rung being the competent one and Froid being portrayed as an unethical hack. Most psychological disorders (most notably Magnus's OCD) are treated rather than cured.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Played for laughs in ''Fanfic/ACrownOfStars'': When Ching tells Shinji she wants to talk about his father issues and counsel him, she begins their talk by parodying Freud, complete with pipe and glasses:
-->''“Zo, tell me about you fadda,” she said with a terribly faked Vienna accent.''

* Played completely straight in ''Film/TheSnakePit'', where a psychiatrist cures a patient with a serious case of schizophrenia by using the classic Freudian "talking cure". No medication was required. This was TruthInTelevision at the time, as part of a movement in psychiatry, and what was called "schizophrenia" back then might today be defined as "depression" or "anxiety disorder".
* Used in ''Film/BillAndTedsExcellentAdventure'', [[JustifiedTrope by Freud himself]]. It's a problem he's uniquely equipped to deal with, as Ted's stepmother is only a few years older than he is.
* Subverted in ''Film/ForbiddenPlanet'': When the captain asks Morbius what the ship's doctor meant by "monsters from the id," Morbius tells him that "id" is an obsolete term for a person's selfish and destructive urges.
* Averted by the Creator/IngmarBergman film ''Film/{{Persona}}'', which has no Freudian psychology but is basically a catalogue of Jungian psychology, including an ultra-rare example of "countertransference" (basically, when the patient drives the ''examiner'' crazy).
* ''Film/{{Inception}}'' deals with "projections" encountered in dreams and dismisses the TV-Freudian explanation that they're a part of the dreamer's subconscious. They're instead described as unexpressed fragments of the dreamer's personality, which is ironically a very Freudian view of dream psychology.
* In the comedy ''Film/WhatAboutBob'', Dr. Marvin idolizes Freud to the point that he named his son Sigmund and his daughter Anna (the name of one of Freud's daughters and the one to follow him into psychoanalysis).
* In ''Film/BatmanBegins'', Jonathan Crane is all over the place. He could well be a behavioral or biological psychologist, considering how he was using his fear gas. But the only psychology we see him actually deliver is total bullshit designed to get Rachel off his back, and that name-checks Jungian theories.
* Subverted in ''Film/HellraiserInferno'': As Detective Joseph Thorne gets more obsessed with the case, his captain orders him to see the precinct's psychiatrist. Joseph notes to his partner that he'll be off to talk about his childhood, but the psychiatrist's sessions are in fact very informal and he spends more time informing Joseph about the Cenobites.
* Essentially all psychology ''was'' Freudian in 1946, which is why it's portrayed that way in ''Film/{{Let There Be Light|1946}}'', a documentary about UsefulNotes/WorldWarII veterans suffering from severe [[ShellShockedVeteran PTSD]]. Although the narration talks about physical causes for psychological disorders, the troubled soldiers are fixed mostly with the Freudian "talking cure", with some help from hypnosis and sodium amytal.
* In ''Film/ApartmentZero'', one of the neighbors tells Jack that he reminds him of [[HoYay a boy]] [[DoubleEntendre he was close to when he was in school]]. The neighbor speculates what Freud would have to say about that, and then [[SexyDiscretionShot it is implied]] that he and Jack get up to some [[FreudWasRight very Freudian activities]].
* In ''Film/TheMask'', Dr. Newman has a theory that people wear metaphorical masks to conceal who they truly are (''i.e.'', their Id). It's both a Freudian and Jungian concept; the Id is part of the FreudianTrio, but Jung greatly expanded their roles.
* In ''Film/TheCobweb'', Stewart practices the old-school "talking cure". One possible justification is that the clinic is more of a mental health retreat and presumably wouldn't accept patients who actually need to be treated medically.

* One of the main characters of ''LightNovel/TheLongingOfShiinaRyo'' is firmly convinced that Freudianism is the way to do psychology.
* ''Acts of the Apostles'' by John F. X. Sundman involves a bunch of Bill Gates-esque billionaires running around attempting to become self-actualized. It's supposed to be based on Freudianism, but modern psychology would consider all these guys bat-shit crazy.
* In ''Literature/{{Cell}}'', the main characters theorize that the zombies running around killing people all had their ego and superego wiped out by a pulse of electromagnetism coming from their cell phones, leaving only the id, which was Freud's fancy way of saying "the part of your brain that just wants to kill and screw".
* In Chaim Potok's ''Literature/TheChosen'', Danny's entire pre-university education in psychology involved reading Freud (in the original German). He assumes that Freud is the be-all-and-end all of psychology, but when he enters university (in the 1960s–1970s), he realizes that Freudianism has been completely jettisoned by academia and replaced with hard behaviorism. The culture shock, needless to say, is considerable.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Crysis}}: Legion'', Alcatraz is asked about how he saved a mother and child and snarks about how Freudian the situation is.
* In Creator/HarryTurtledove's ''Literature/{{Worldwar}}'' series, human psychologists are stumped when trying to analyze the [[TheReptilians Race]], whose species has a mating season, raise their children by the whole community, and don't even think about mating otherwise. They seem unable to analyze them outside the Freudian lens.
* Parodied in ''Discworld/UnseenAcademicals'': When Mr. Nutt has to psychoanalyze himself (ItMakesSenseInContext), he uses a FreudianCouch and a "slight {{Uberwald}}ian accent."
* In Joanne Greenberg's autobiographical novel ''I Never Promised You A Rose Garden'', Deborah Blau is diagnosed as schizophrenic[[note]]This was in the late 1940s, when "schizophrenia" had a broader meaning; her symptoms would today be indicative of severe depression and somatization.[[/note]] and hospitalized in a private facility. But she's lucky enough to have a Freudian analyst who is willing to listen to her and convince her to trust the reality around her.
* Mrs. Levy in ''Literature/AConfederacyOfDunces'' believes this, though she's pointedly quite incorrect. She took a correspondence course in psychology (which she failed) and constantly tries to apply her "knowledge" to her HenpeckedHusband and Miss Trixie, a senile employee of Levy's company who just wants to retire in peace. Miss Trixie gets it especially awful; Mrs. Levy ''insists'', against the complaints of both Mr. Levy and Miss Trixie herself, that what Trixie really wants is to remain employed so she could feel wanted. But there's a real Freudian moment when it's revealed that [[spoiler:with the makeup and wig Mrs. Levy ends up applying to her, Miss Trixie looks almost exactly like Mrs. Levy's mother]].

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In ''Series/TheSopranos'', Tony's sessions with Dr. Melfi occasionally touch on Freudian concepts (such as hinting at a sexual attraction toward his mother). But he doesn't accept Freudianism or the idea that he has to talk his problems out, especially given that he has to keep his sessions a secret:
-->'''Tony:''' I had a semester and a half of college, so I ''understand'' Freud. I understand therapy, as a ''concept''. But in my world, it does ''not'' go down!
* On ''Series/{{Frasier}}'' (and ''Series/{{Cheers}}'' before that), Frasier is a psychologist and is a typical Freudian like you'd expect him to be. However, his diehard Freudianism is often portrayed as a running gag, as nearly every other doctor is a behaviorist of some kind and dismisses his thinking.
** Frasier's brother Niles, also a psychiatrist, is a Jungian, and will occasionally comment on how Frasier's philosophy is well-suited for entertainment -- such as his call-in radio show. But fans note that Niles often spouts neo-Freudian jargon rather than Jungian, and wonder if a real Jungian might accept Daphne's belief that she has PsychicPowers as part of the collective unconscious.
-->'''Niles:''' ''(filling in for Frasier on the radio)'' While my brother is a Freudian, I am a Jungian -- so there will be no [[FreudianExcuse blaming mother]] today!
** Fraiser's ex-wife Lilith is a firm behaviorist and will often mock both Frasier's ''and'' Niles' psychoanalytical beliefs.
-->'''Lilith:''' Congratulations, Frasier, you've done it again. You've led another unsuspecting innocent down one of your dark, dead-end Freudian hallways.
** Frasier receives a bust of Freud from a student as a gift. Then she explains that she gave it to him [[{{Irony}} ironically]], as obviously he knew that nearly everything Freud said had since been debunked. Frasier reacts as only Frasier can.
** Frasier has a HomoeroticDream, and for a Freudian, the implications are obvious -- so he turns to Niles for a second opinion that might be less threatening to his ego. Niles believes "all dream interpretation if Freudian" and just throws out a bunch of basic (and misapplied) Freudian precepts. Once Frasier "cracks" the dream, he [[spoiler:has another one about Freud himself]].
** In "Don Juan in Hell", Frasier starts hallucinating that he's being visited by his former lovers and gets cornered by the three women he married (or tried to marry, in Diane's case), only for a fourth to show up who doesn't necessarily fit the pattern:
-->'''Frasier:''' Mother! What are ''you'' doing here?!\\
'''Lilith:''' You have to ask? You're a Freudian.
* In ''Series/TwoAndAHalfMen'', All of Charlie's womanizing -- and all of Alan's failures thereof -- are attributed to their mother issues. It's so extreme that at various points, Charlie is infatuated with a woman with the exact personality of his mother, and Alan and Charlie have a sibling rivalry over an older woman whom Charlie's psychiatrist is convinced is a mother figure.
-->'''Charlie:''' You were conditioned as a child to seek Mom's approval. You're still seeking Mom's approval and you make every woman in the world a substitute Mom.\\
'''Alan:''' But what about you? We had the same mother.\\
'''Charlie:''' Well, I handle my conditioning in a different way. I have casual and often degrading sex with my substitute Moms -- but [[ChangeTheUncomfortableSubject we're talking about you and not me so forget I said that]].
* ''Series/{{Blackpool}}'':
-->'''D.I. Peter Carlisle''': Ah, Freud would say that your jokes reveal a truth buried in your subconscious.
* ''Series/{{Bones}}'':
** Dr. Lance Sweets is the FBI psychologist assigned to evaluate Dr. Brennan and Agent Booth's working relationship. In addition to fulfilling every other annoying HollywoodPsych stereotype, he also relies heavily on Freudian language in his practice, referring to Oedipal attachments and various other discredited theories. It's no wonder Brennan constantly reminds us that she hates psychology, if this is the only type of psychology that she sees.
** On the other hand, in the same series, Dr. Gordon Wyatt, a psychiatrist, considers psychology to be a superstitious practice and uses an eclectic approach that does not even consider medication necessarily applicable to all situations (which it isn't).
** He also lampshades this trope when talking about retiring to become a chef:
---> "So now I'll be putting good things into people instead of taking bad things out, which I admit sounds dreadfully Freudian, but [[LampshadeHanging Sigmund's been largely discredited anyway]], [[TakeThat so to hell with him.]]"
* ''Series/{{Charmed}}''
** Episode "Just Harried"
--->'''Phoebe Halliwell:''' So I just studied this in psych 101. Freud. You're the ID. Prue's inner desires. Which means that she is the ego. The [[CriticalResearchFailure control factor]].
** Episode "Sand Francisco Dreamin'"
--->'''Tracer Demon:''' [after seeing that Phoebe has stabbed her nightmare creature, and thereby also hurt herself] Would Freud have a field day with this or what?
* ''Series/{{CSI}}'':
** Episode "4x4"
--->'''Greg Sanders:''' No matter how hard you work to get big, there's always someone bigger.\\
'''Sara Sidle:''' It could be what keeps them going. Like Freud said, "Anatomy is destiny".\\
'''Greg Sanders:''' What do you think Freud would have to say about one of these being the murder weapon?
** Episode "Fur And Loathing"
--->'''Grissom:''' Well, Freud said that the only unusual sexual behavior was to have none at all.
** Yet another instance in which Freud was wrong! Being asexual may not be common, but it's not pathological...
*** Well he would have been [[BeamMeUpScotty if he actually said that]]...
** Episode "Lab Rats" (although in this case Hodges is supposed to be coming across as pretentious).
--->'''Hodges:''' Freud's theory on the uncanny raises the point that as children we want the doll to come to life. But as adults, we are terrified by the idea. The doll could represent the uncanny that is feared. The Sandman."
* ''Series/DesperateHousewives'': In the episode "Pretty Little Picture", Bree's psychologist tells her that many of Freud's theories have been disproven (which pleases her).
-->'''Bree:''' I took psychology in college. We learned all about Freud. A miserable human being.
* ''Series/{{Entourage}}'' episode "Strange Days"
-->'''Johnny Chase:''' Freud says there are no accidents.
* There are a ''lot'' more examples at [=IMDb=] [[http://us.imdb.com/SearchQuotes?for=freud Search Quotes for "Freud"]].
* The fourth season of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' featured a psychology teacher who in one episode explicitly referenced Freud and the id. However, given that this was a first-year course, it could be she's simply going through the history of the field; since it occurs in Buffy's dream, it might also be a way of showing that Buffy's not doing too well in the class.
* The recurring character of Dr. Sidney Freedman on ''Series/{{MASH}}'' was very much a Freudian psychoanalyst; in one episode ("Dear Sigmund"), he even writes a letter to Freud himself... despite the fact that Freud died in 1939, which B.J. promptly [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]].
* ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'':
** Leslie Winkle suggests Penny is escaping into the {{MMORPG}} ''VideoGame/AgeOfConan'' as a result of sexual frustration. When Leonard disagrees, saying it is only to raise her self esteem and has nothing to do with sex, Leslie replies, "Everything has to do with sex."
** Leonard's mother, who is supposedly a world-renowned psychologist but extrapolates from Howard's dependency on his mother and Raj's inability to talk to women that they're [[HoYay subconsciously homosexual]]. This is despite acknowledging that many of his theories are outdated.
** Or perhaps that incident subtly hints that Beverly is either A: not as bright as she thinks she is, or B: a ruthless [[ManipulativeBastard manipulative bitch]].
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'':
** Data visits a holodeck version of Freud when he starts having nightmares and tries to make sense of their meaning. Holodeck Freud immediately jumps to father issues, but Data notes that he never met his father. Nor does he have a mother. Subverted when Data informs Troi of his session with the good doctor-she's very distraught as psychological theory and research has advanced hundreds of years since his era (it would be the equivalent of asking a Holodeck version of Isaac Newton for help on a paper on the physics of starships). When he leaves, she says "Next time, please come to me before you see Sigmund."
** In "Frame of Mind," Troi actually quotes Jung. Her style is usually fairly Rogerian, however.
* Decidedly averted in ''Series/CriminalMinds''. While a lot of their cases revolve around sex and aggression that would have fascinated Freud, their methods are mainly cognitive/behavioral. In one scene [[TheSmartGuy Reid]] even states "Freud has been discredited but Jung still has his merits." in regards to the concept of accessing repressed memories through hypnosis.
* ''Series/LasVegas'' averts this trope handily when a psychologist is evaluating the Montecito's employees. When he gets to GeniusDitz Belinda, she asks him what method of analysis he's going to use, then name-drops several methods before revealing [[CriticalPsychoanalysisFailure she used to be a psych major]].
* Cleverly parodied/subverted on ''Series/NotGoingOut'': At Kate's insistence, Lee reluctantly agrees to see a Californian therapist for one session. After answering her questions with his typical hurricane of witty quips and innuendos, she says she'd like to talk about his mother, leading to this exchange:
--> '''Lee:''' Oh, here we go.\\
'''Therapist:''' What? \\
'''Lee:''' This is all the mum-fancying stuff.\\
'''Therapist:''' ''I'' never suggested you fancied your mother.\\
'''Lee:''' What, you saying she's ugly?
* Avoided by Tony's Series 2 episode of ''Series/{{Skins}}'', which is very much a study in Jung rather than Freud (it's all about Tony's quest to rediscover his anima, [[MindScrew or something]]).
* Averted in ''Series/{{Raines}}''. Raines brings up Freud at his first therapy session, but Kohl says that she's a Jungian.
* In the drama ''Series/{{Awake}}'', Britten's therapists overwhelmingly spend their time applying dream analysis, which while fitting for the show is not widely used in real life. To be fair while Dr. Lee tries to tell Britten why his mind "invented" each scenario, Dr. Evans focuses more on what his dreams say about his current emotions.
* Lampshaded in ''Series/PatitoFeo''. When Carmen goes to see a Psychologist, it was an expy of Freud himself: bald hair, smoking pipe, beard, etc. She was taken to a FreudianCouch, even when a common chair was just fine. He reminds her all the time that she must not see him. And then...
-->'''Carmen:''' So, doctor, my problem is that I love...
-->'''Psychologist:''' No no no no. Tell me about your childhood!
* Parodied in Canadian TV series ''Series/StudentBodies'', as the protagonist, cartoonist Cody Miller, is called out for his frequent usage of Freud in his cartoons because "it's the only (psychologist) he can draw."
* {{Parodied|Trope}} in ''Series/ABitOfFryAndLaurie'', where two gentlemen claiming to be psychiatrists try to analyse one another under the pretense that the other is a deluded patient. Naturally, it quickly devolves into this trope:
-->''"So lets imagine a line, shall we? Fear at one end, breasts at the other. Now where would you place your father on that line?"''
* Dr. Huang on ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'' is probably a more well-rounded television psychologist than most but he still will lean Freudian if it makes for good storytelling. Recognizing the trope, many episodes have someone else on the cast bring up the Freudian bit so Huang can correct them about advances in psychological theory. [[DependingOnTheWriter Basically if Freud is proffered by Huang it's treated as valid, if he's brought up by someone else it's outdated nonsense.]]

* Creator/EugeneONeill's play ''Theatre/MourningBecomesElectra''--itself a modernized (circa UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar) adaptation of Aeschylus' ''Theatre/TheOresteia''--is swarming with Freudianism. Lavinia (the modern equivalent of Electra), just for starters, won't shut up about how much she loves her father, and won't hear anything against him.
* In the 1933 Broadway musical ''Pardon My English'', the main character is examined by a sextet of sex-obsessed psychoanalysts named Adler, Jung and Freud.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* A subversion of this is ''VideoGame/{{Xenogears}}'', which is pretty famous for using Jungian psychology. Though it does use a good amount of Freudian psychology as well.
* The ''[[Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei Persona]]'' series also uses Jungian psychology heavily.
** The name of the series and its core gameplay mechanic come from Jung.
** Philemon, one of the most important entity in that universe (particularly the first two games) is derived from Jungian psychology.
** [[ShadowArchetype Jungian shadows]] play important roles in the games, particularly in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'', in which each party member (other than [[SilentProtagonist the protagonist]]) confronts theirs [[spoiler:in the collective unconscious, another Jungian idea]] in order to obtain their Persona. Shadows also show up as every enemy in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'' and ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'', save for a few bosses.
*** Lampshaded in ''Persona 3'', as you can find books about psychology and psychoanalysis in your dorm.
** The concept of Arcanas bear striking similarities to Jungian Archetypes.
** The final boss of ''Persona 2: Innocent Sin'' consists of Nyarlathotep deciding to have some fun by taking the form of a tentacle monster made up out of all five of the characters' fathers. (Naturally, all five have some kind of father issue. Lisa for example has a strict Japanophile father, Eikichi is subtly rebelling from his dad, Tatsuya's was fired from his job and just accepted it, Maya feels like her dad abandoned her and her mother for his job, and Jun's father was considered insane by everyone, leading to him making up a perfect dad, which Nyarlathotep became to manipulate Jun.)
*** ''Persona 2'' does have some Freudian elements, most notably [[spoiler:the fire at the shrine causing RepressedMemories and the characters overcoming some of their problems while fighting their Shadows.]]
* ''VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines'' contains some ConversationalTroping of this, when we visit the mansion of Dr. Alestair Grout, a Malkavian (read: "batshit insane") vampire, whose old audio diaries the player gets to hear, where Dr. Grout criticizes Freud and Freud's ideas. Not only was Grout a contemporary of Freud's during his living existence, but he apparently supported even older and more outdated ideas. (He at one points speaks with melancholy about the loss of the classical sanitarium.) Of course, Grout ''is'' insane and his primary motivation has always been curing his own condition.
* ''VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}}'' uses the "collective unconscious" as a sort of world hub of sorts when travelling across the mindscape-it's mostly used to access minds you've already visited when you can't personally harass the person it belongs to and hit 'em with a psycho-portal again.
* In ''VideoGame/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice'' we have Sybil's Psychotherapy, where according to Sybil, Sam's dream including Sybil means we has a thing to his mother.

* In ''[[Webcomic/UmlautHouse Umlaut House 2]]'', a [[HiveMind giant aggregate id]] gains sentience (ego?), and has to be imparted with a superego to cease to be a threat.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', Rose is interested in psychology and brings up Freud now and then, though she admits early on that Freud is totally discredited, and it mostly only comes up because Dave has a very intriguing tendency to say ''extremely'' [[FreudWasRight Freudian things]] without realizing it. The fact that he and Rose turn out to be [[LongLostRelative siblings]] (thus making suspect all the jokes Dave used to make about Rose's mom to freak her out) and that later [[spoiler:they actually meet a young, attractive alternate version of their mother]] probably doesn't help.
--> '''TT:''' We've already established that all of your dreams are packed with enough homoerotic symbolism to lift Freudian theory from the ashes of discreditation.
* Discussed in ''Webcomic/Level30Psychiatry'' where Dr. Gardevoir notes that Freud's theories are outdated but because her job is treating fictional characters and due to SmallReferencePools most problems end up being Freudian she has to use them.
* ''Webcomic/SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal'' has a guy seeing a [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/comic/2009-06-12 first-year psychiatry student]] who interprets every part of his dream in sexual terms.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' cartoon "Dr. Devil and Mr. Hare" in which WesternAnimation/BugsBunny [[KarmicTrickster played psychiatrist]] to the Tasmanian Devil: "Zhust relaxing und telling me about your id ven you vas a kid, ja?"
* ''A WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain [[ChristmasSpecial Christmas]]'': Pinky notes that the elf costume Brain's wearing makes him look like Sigmund Freud. Brain's reply is that he's Jungian. They meet the actual Freud, who is portrayed as a leader in hypnosis therapy. It still hits on a little of what Freud would apparently develop, but at least at the time it's state of the art techniques.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'': Done mostly straight when Doctor Orpheus goes inside Dr. Venture's mind. He encounters the Eros and Thanatos drives, which take the forms of Master Billy Quizboy and Pete White, and the id, ego, and superego, who all look like various incarnations of Dr. Venture (Id resembles Venture when he was a young boy, Ego looks a lot like Rusty as himself, and the Superego bears a similarity to Rusty's dad).
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'': Done with Dr. Scratchansniff, the Warners' "[[{{Malaproper}} p-sychiatrist]]."
* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'': During the episode "A Pinata Named Desire" Roger and Stan have been relentlessly competing, Hayley tells them to just f*** and get it over with because of their repressed sexual urges (which just screams Freudian). Steve asks her how her [[{{Subject 101}} Psychology 101]] class is going and she replies that it's only day three and she already understands how the whole world works.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheBeatles'' episode "Hold Me Tight," The Statue of Liberty leaves Ringo misty-eyed because "the old girl looks just like me mum waiting for dad to come home with his paycheque."
* In ''WesternAnimation/TimeSquad'', there's an episode where the main trio have to convince Freud himself to use this type of psychology instead of [[HypnoFool hypnotism]]. It's parodied at the end, when Freud starts analyzing dreams from people in an audience:
-->'''Deputy''': Uh, I dreamt I was a watermelon.
-->'''Freud''': You hate your mother!
-->'''Deputy''': Oh yeah...

* ''Podcast/{{Psycomedia}}'': This podcast does its best to invert this, presenting real psychology and using Freud as a swear-word.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Many ''haredi'' (fanatically ultra-Orthodox) Jews to this day avoid psychotherapists and psychotherapies because they associate the entire field with Freud, an avowed atheist. Instead, they will consult a rabbi for counseling. Less commonly, for cases most of us would recognize as psychosis, ''haredim'' will call a rabbi who specializes in kabbalistic exorcism.
** A "kabbalistic exorcism" is described, sympathetically, in Creator/RobertAntonWilson's ''The Historical Illuminatus: The Earth will Shake''. Even the Jewish scholar who delivers the exorcism is inclined to see it pragmatically as a sort of psychodrama that effectively "shocks" the sufferer back into normality, while acknowledging the religious content does no harm either. However, the subject lapses back into psychosis later in the book and kills himself.
** Many Christian denominations feel the same way, leading some to become psychologists who are licensed but place their knowledge in a Biblical context, rather than a secular one. Unfortunately, this can lapse into pseudoscientific territory, such as [[CureYourGays "conversion therapy."]] Similar therapies aimed at making transgender people identify with their birth-assigned sex have also been used, causing controversy, and are banned in some parts of the US.
* Most of the field of psychology in Argentina is Freudian in nature. It is also the case in France too. More precisely, Jacques Lacan had a big influence in psychology there. Basically, he brought back Freud's work and modernized it (things are more complicated, though), so most of these psychologists would call themselves 'Freudian-Lacanian' instead of simply 'Freudian', so it's sort of a subversion. But while he is quite well-known there, chances are you had never heard of him if you are from elsewhere.
** It is also deconstructed with regards to autism, for example, as many psychoanalysts refuse to recognize the numerous studies proving that it is completely physiological in nature and meet opposition from parents because they often have their kids taken away on the grounds that their bad parenting is the supposed cause under Freudian thought and put in mental hospitals for psychotherapy that DOES NOT WORK. However, there are some psychologists who do attempt to reconstruct it (sorta) by taking these discoveries and other scientific approaches into account, and discarding older theories.
* Freud is important to the history of psychology so he often shows up in Psych 101 even if the teacher doesn't ''like'' him (especially in the history of psychology). Try to get through a unit in a psychology book without his name coming up.
* In academia, his importance in the basic 101 of psychology (that only course people who don't go into psychology any further will take), means that Freud is taken more seriously in the humanities and literature department than in the psychology department (inversely, a lot of writers and novelists intentionally introduces Freudian themes into their writings, which leads to further Freudian criticism on the part of the academics). The psychology applied in sociology, gender studies and other tangentially related fields can be biased towards basic Freud, whose denial of a genetic/uninfluenced impact on behavior fits the ''{{society is to blame}}'' approach most sociology teachers take perfectly.
** For the same reason, the reasoning of the InternetColdReader and Armchair Psychologist is almost always Freudian.
* The criticism toward Freud will, paradoxically, create a die-hard core of believers in those few universities where Freud is still taken seriously. While almost every psychology education in Sweden will focus on giving a patient practical advice on how to cope with negative tendencies, the two colleges where Freudianism is still being taught foster an atmosphere of being under siege.
* Harold Bloom (whose "Anxiety of Influence" theory of poetry owes a great debt to Freud) argues in ''The Western Canon'' that Freud is best read as a literary essayist and critic, particularly of Creator/WilliamShakespeare.
* Some psychologists today are neo-Freudians, taking a very liberal approach to his ideas and combining them with those of Lacan, D.W. Winnicott, Melanie Klein and even hard-scientific (cognitive and behavioral) influences.
* This article explains [[http://io9.com/why-freud-still-matters-when-he-was-wrong-about-almost-1055800815 "Why Freud Still Matters Even Though He Was Wrong About Almost Everything."]] Essentially, although Freud's major ideas such as the Oedipus Complex and the ego/superego/id have been long since discredited by academic researchers, the underlying ''concepts,'' such as the fact that we're driven to some extent by our unconscious minds, are still the scientific basis for all psychology.
* This trope is practically dogma among some ultra conservatives[[note]]not your typical Republican or Tory, but someone who thinks [[EvilReactionary society has been in decline ever since it gave up absolute monarchy]][[/note]] despite (or perhaps [[IRejectYourReality because of]]) the fact that it is in complete contradiction to the true situation, in order to claim how rotten the modern liberal world is. This likely has something to do with [[StrawmanU the aforementioned humanities professors]].