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Sigmund Freud

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One name that almost everyone recognizes as associated with psychology is Sigmund Freud.  But how much do most people really know about him?

Freud, the founder of the psychoanalytic school of psychology, was born in Austria in 1856.  Technically he as a psychiatrist, rather than a psychologist, as he did utilize medications to help with emotional problems. He was also an early neurological researcher into cerebral palsy.

Some of his most influential contributions to psychological theory include:

  • the theory of the id, ego, and superego
  • the idea of the unconscious mind
  • the idea of curing psychopathology through talk therapy or “psychoanalysis”
  • the idea of defense mechanisms such as repression, denial, regression or rationalization
  • the theory of transference
  • therapeutic techniques such as free association and interpretation of dreams

Freud is also known for his controversial belief that sexual desire is the primary motivator in human life.  Psychology has grown a great deal since Freud’s time, but it simply would not be the same without him!

“Analysis does not set out to make pathological reactions impossible, but to give the patient’s ego freedom to decide one way or another.”
Sigmund Freud

Documentary on the life and work Sigmund Freud – 51:18

Categories : Mental Health
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