Dr. Richard Kellogg, professor of psychology at Alfred State College, is the author of an article appearing in the most recent issue of Newsletter of the Society for the Teaching of Psychology, a publication of the American Psychological Association. Titled "Freud's Hiking Holiday," the article focuses on Sigmund Freud's only visit to America in 1909 and the time he spent exploring the Adirondack region in the area of Keene Valley.
The author points out that Freud compared the Adirondacks favorably to the Alps of Austria and thoroughly enjoyed hiking in the mountainous region. Freud, contrary to the popular stereotype, was an active outdoorsman who loved nature and relished picking strawberries, blackberries, and mushrooms for the dinner table. He taught his children how to identify and classify animals, trees, and flowers. Freud's favorite type of outdoor exercise was to take lengthy jaunts in the mountains of Austria. Hiking elevated his mood and relieved the stress of his career as a psychoanalyst.
Kellogg writes frequently for both popular magazines and professional journals. Many of his articles have dealt with Adirondack history, detective fiction, and the psychoanalytic achievements of Sigmund Freud. He joined the Alfred State faculty in 1970 after completing his doctoral studies at the University of Rochester.