FREUDIAN SLIPCOVER – The Wednesday Wordapod
Today’s Wordapod features an interview with Dr. Klaus Stichmein, owner of The Klaus House of Furniture and Psychoanalysis.
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Freudian Slipcover (n) – a fitted protective cover for fancy upholstered furniture—used mostly by psychiatrists
Dr. Klaus Stichmein is the owner of The Klaus House of Furniture and Psychoanalysis, a thriving business in his native St. Louis, Missouri. I was able to book a free 25-minute phone conversation with Klaus, which is partially recorded below.
Matt: Doctor, can you tell me more about the origin of Freudian slipcovers?
Klaus: Why not! Sigmund Freud, the great and controversial father of modern psychiatry and psychoanalysis, was the father of the slipcover as well. He used to encourage his patients to consult with him in a very relaxed atmosphere, but the furniture he used was very formal and expensive. Ever the genial host, he used to serve his patients drinks, but many of those drinks would be spilled—especially when the patient inspired an AHA moment.
Matt: So, why didn’t Freud stop serving them drinks?
Klaus: Dr. Freud once famously wrote, “Serving my patients drinks stimulates new channels of communication, even freeing up layers of the unconscious. It also helps to kill time during our sessions, and is a wonderful way to encourage follow-up explorations.” Freud was also a brilliant businessman, and he asked a tailor who was a patient (and sometimes referred to as Tailor B) to make him some slipcovers in exchange for reduced-fee sessions. There was no micro fiber back then.
Matt: So, tell me about these AHA moments.
Klaus: An AHA moment would come about during sessions of psychoanalysis, often when the patient was drinking a cup of coffee, and free associating about something. One notable example of this came when Patient XX, who had an aversion to eating wiener schnitzel, was chit-chatting with Freud in a calm way about his dog, Fritzi. When he casually mentioned that he once saw Fritzi eat a wiener schnitzel with sauerkraut, the normally mild-mannered Freud abruptly exclaimed, “Aha!” This caused Patient XX to splatter the couch he was sitting on, as well as Dr. Freud, with hot java.
Matt: So, where was the AHA in that?
Klaus: The good doctor correctly surmised that his patient felt that if he ate wiener schnitzel, especially if served with sauerkraut, he would become a sexual predator to all the librarians in Vienna.
Matt: Astonishing. So, tell me, Klaus, do Freudian slipcovers have anything to do with Freudian slips?
Klaus: You are referring of course to the slips of our tongues known as parapraxes, as in when you are having sex with your wife and scream out the name of a former girlfriend?
Matt: Um, yeah, those.
Klaus: No, it has nothing to do with that. It’s all about protecting furniture.
Matt: I think I see. So, as an astute businessman, how do you combine selling furniture and counseling?
Klaus: The two really go hand in hand. As a furniture salesman, I get to the bottom of what fabric a customer really desires, and as an analyst, I can recommend the furniture and slipcover that best frees up my clients’ subconscious. More practically, we also run some great promotions here. This week only, with the purchase of any ottoman, all new customers are entitled to an introductory session at 50% off. One of my favorite promos yet!
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