Sigmund Frued's Psychology

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Sigmund Freud was born in 1856 in Frieber, Moravia; his father was a wool merchant and his mother was twenty years younger than his father. Freud had two step brothers which were around the same age as his mother; one stepbrother had a son who became Freud’s playmate growing up (Sigmund). Around the age of four, Freud and his family moved to Vienna where he stayed for a majority of his life. (Boeree)

When Freud’s family moved to Vienna, they lived in an area that was highly populated with Jews (the Leopoldstadt slum) but the city around them was majority Catholic. Their housing was extremely cramped and they moved numerous times. Vienna had a better education system and business opportunities than most other places around them. (Sigmund)

Freud was an extremely smart person and always ranked high in his classes. After graduating high school, he went to medical school where he followed the research of Ernst Brucke. Brucke believed in reductionism: "No other forces than the common physical-chemical ones are active within the organism" (Boeree). Freud tried for years to follow this thinking but later gave up on it. (Boeree) At the age of 24, he received is doctor of medicine degree (Sigmund).

Freud became the director of a children’s ward in Berlin but left shortly after and got married to Martha Bernays. When they were first married, they spent a good four years separated due to finances (Sigmund). He spent three years in the Allgemeine Krankenhaus, a hospital and medical center in Vienna (Sigmund). Of those three years, he spent five months in the psychiatry department; at the time, psychiatry was seen as rigid and descriptive and the meaning of behavior was not seen as important only as something to be studied to understan...

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Freud had such strong thoughts on the id, ego, and superego. He also believed strongly in how kids view their parents and how kids view other kids. This may be due to past experiences with a young mother and an old father. If he went through catharsis that may help him become more open to why he thinks the way he does. He would have to dig back deep in his mind many times to have catharsis be successful. Interpreting his dreams could help him go back in his mind. Everything in psychodynamic therapy comes together. (Comer, 2011, p. 41)

Works Cited

Boeree, C.G. (2009). Personality theories: Sigmund Freud.

Comer, R.J. (2011). Fundamentals of abnormal psychology. New York, NY: Worth Publishers.

Sigmund Freud biography. (2011).

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