Dietetics of the soul [what is the power of the human mind]
In Vienna at the beginning of the nineteenth century there lived a doctor, philosopher, poet and essayist, who started to investigate the power of the human mind as a medicine from his practice.
Freiherr Ernst von Feuchtersleben he thus laid the foundations for modern psychology, psychosomatics and behavioral therapy. And that while Freud had yet to be born in the same Vienna.
His starting point was that of the Ancient Greeks: 'How should we live?' And that is astonishingly close to current behavioral therapy, which is gaining more and more importance to the detriment of psychotherapy.
The literary translation from German is from musician Peter Bolink. 'Yes, we've all been through all sorts of things. Our past and our life course have partly shaped who we are, but the key question remains: "What do you do with it?" And this book by Feuchtersleben, which is almost two hundred years old, has a lot to say about that.'