It was a wintry night when I crossed that bridge in Koblenz thirty-four years ago. I stopped in the middle of the bridge and looked down into the dark. A part of my mind felt an almost irresistible urge to step over the ledge and dive. Luckily, another part of my mind panicked, turned my body around, and walked it off that bridge.
Modern psychology emancipated itself from philosophy in the second half of the 19th century to find more effective ways of dealing with mental abnormalities. It made its first public appearance as Sigmund Freud’s psychoanalysis.