SigismundSchlomo Freud is an Austrian that was born on May 06, 1856.
He was first of theeight children born to Jewish Galician parents. His parents were Jacob andAmalia Freud. He was born in a small town in the Czech Republic called Pribor.He struggled through his early years as his father lost his business due to afinancial crisis in the U.S. Later the family moved to Vienna. In 1865, he wentto Leopoldstadter Kommunal-Realgymnasium.
He was an outstanding student andended up graduating from high school in 1873. He was a passionate about thesubject literature. He was proficient with the languages German, French,Italian, Hebrew, Greek and Latin.
He mostly read Shakespeare’s work whichhelped him understand human psychology. He then studied at the University ofVienna. He joined the medical faculty and graduated with an MD in the year1881.
He loved science, but found out that the practicing of medicine isunexciting. He tried to pursue in neurophysiological research, but he couldn’tdue to financial issues. He died at the age of 83 on September 23, 1939 due todrug overdose. He is the father of psychoanalysis.Psychoanalysis is a method of investigating the mind and especially theunconscious mind.
He emphasized the importance of an unconscious mind. He saidthe unconscious mind can dominate someone’s behavior in a greater degree. Herevolutionized the study of dreams with his major works. One of them were ‘TheInterpretation of Dreams. Second is ‘The Psychopathology of Everyday Life.’Lastly his paper, ‘The Ego and the Id.
‘ He also developed the psychoanalytictheory of personality development. He mentioned that personality is created byconflicts among three structures of the human mind: The Id, ego, and superego.The id is the most primitive of the three structures, it is the basic physicalneeds and urges of a person. The superego is the social rules or morals.
It isbasically what you think is right and wrong. Most of this develops at a youngerage. The ego isn’t that important, but it is just there to balance out your idand superego. Most of these conflicts develop are unconscious. These conflictsin parts of the mind shape our behavior and personality.
He believed thatpersonality develops during our childhood. His works are greatly influenced 20thcentury studies that relate to philosophy, science and literature. His famouspsychoanalytical system took over the field of psychotherapy in the early 20thcentury and still does today! The Interpretation of dreams, ‘ego andpsychology’ and the study of different languages, set a foundation for modernpsychoanalytical studies and research. Several of his experiments and his ideaswere interpreted as radical by modern-day scientists. Many scientists say thathis works gave birth to modern scientific thinking about the mind and thefields of psychology, psychiatry and psychoanalysis. Byreading upon this psychologist, it made think about what my mind does when I’munconscious.
It interested me into learning more about dreams and fantasies ofmy mind and others. It also taught me that our personalities are triggered byour unconscious mind. This research made me realize and think about what elsecan the mind do. The mind is is everything and how you think can effect yourlife and outcomes