Sigmund Freud has never been a stranger to controversy. People have challenged his radical theories hotly, bordering sometimes on the hysterical. But none can deny his calm composure, analytical ability and accurate diagnoses. Here is one which has recently come to light, hidden possibly because of the legendary celebrities involved, and particularly important because it is the first instance of his diagnosing a Complex which later became universally famous.
The case involved the main characters of the "Puss In Boots" fairy tale which, as you doubtless know, is based on real characters and events.
To summarize, a young man, the son of an impoverished miller, was left a cat as his sole legacy by his father. However, the cat turned out to be a member of the 'felis loquacious' species, capable of speech.
As the story goes, the cat turned out to be exceptionally clever. It advised the young miller first to jump into a river, then to pretend to be the Marquis of Carabas, and finally to pose as a lord and marry a princess.
It was this princess, by marriage now the Marquise of Carabas, who had come to Dr. Freud with her problem.
As was his practice, Sigmund asked her to lie down on a couch and sat behind her. The Marquise was a bit puzzled, and her puzzlement increased when Sigmund began questioning her.
"Do you have penis envy?" asked Sigmund
"Well, my best friend Marie married an American financier who owns property in many towns there including one called Phoenix, but no, I don't envy her. Pity her, actually. He's a crashing bore, name of Trump. No, I'd say no Phoenix envy.
"Your Ladyship misunderstands. I meant envy of the male organ, a common problem with members of the fairer sex"
"Oh, that! Oh, no, no!" said the Marquise, as realization dawned. I" have come to ask not about me but my husband. HE is the problem"
"Ah. Well, tell me all, your Ladyship"
"Where do I begin? I suppose you know my story, and that of my husband's rise to fame and fortune"
"The Puss in Boots legend! Who has not heard it, your Ladyship. It is true then?"
"Oh yes, every word"
"The Cat, she speaks?"
"Oui, monsieur, very fluently. And the problem is, my husband hangs upon her every word"
"Mais oui, I suppose it is but to be expected, given that the Cat is the architect of his success"
"But EVERYTHING? He asks her for advice if he has to go to the BATHROOM!"
"Even in - er - matters of the private nature? Between yourself and his lordship I mean?"
"Yes, damn it! Every little kiss has to be asked to the cat. It's driving me nuts! Do something, Dr. Freud! You will be justly rewarded"
Sigmund paused in thought. He had been studying a number of cases, and drawing his own conclusions, but he had never made his thoughts known to anyone. But now..... perhaps NOW was the time......
"Your Ladyship" Sigmund said "This is the very cutting edge of psychoanalytical research, but I think I am completely certain of the diagnosis"
"What is it?" asked the Marquess, breathless in anticipation
"It's called the Heed a Puss Complex"