Sigmund Freud: The Father of Psychoanalysis

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Sigmund Freud, also known as the father of psychoanalysis, was born May 6th of 1856 in Freiberg, Moravia. A few years later he moved to Vienna, Austria and years after to England. Sigmund Freud was known for connecting psychological issues with sexual issues. Freud demonstrated a broad perspective on things involving dreams, religion, and cultural artifacts. He focused on different states of the mind, such as unconsciousness. Freud relied on a local sexual repression issue to create theories about human behavior all together. Although many people would agree that Sigmund Freud’s theories are controversial, he is said to be one of the most influential scientists with great work concerning psychology. His theories and ideas of psychoanalysis still have a strong impact on psychology and early childhood education today. One of his influential theories is the conscious and unconscious mind. This psychoanalytic theory includes repression, denial, sublimation and projection. Sigmund Freud had his own view of how the mind was organized. The three levels were named the conscious mind, the preconscious mind and the unconscious mind. He believed that random outbursts and comments weren’t so random and that they were signs of the unconscious mind in action. Unlike the level of the unconscious mind, the conscious mind involved everything that we are aware of and able to speak of. He believed the preconscious mind was just given memory. Freud used an iceberg as a metaphor to describe the three levels of the mind. According to him, the top of the iceberg that is noticeable above the water is the conscious mind, the visible part of the iceberg that is slightly below the water is the preconscious mind and the iceberg that is unseen bel... ... middle of paper ... ...ed with early childhood because he was interested in the age group; he was interested in the theories and seeing how children function. Sigmund Freud is one of the childhood leaders who were considered an exceptional theorist because his ideas about growth and development are thoroughly explained. His ideas were vague but articulate in a way. Sigmund Freud and his theories awaken the mind and they are taught in parenting and early childhood education courses today along with a couple other early childhood leaders. Sigmund Freud’s psychoanalytic theory has definitely had an influence on the way some of us see children today. Works Cited http://psychology.about.com/od/sigmundfreud/p/sigmund_freud.htm http://www.nndb.com/people/736/000029649/ http://psychology.about.com/od/theoriesofpersonality/ss/psychosexualdev.htm http://learningtheoriesandfamily.wordpress.com/

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