Freud believed that events in our childhood have a great influence on our adult lives, shaping our personality. For example, anxiety originating from traumatic experiences in a person's past is hidden from consciousness, and may cause problems during adulthood (in the form of neuroses).
A few months and many deaths ago, I woke up exhausted, again. Every morning, I felt like I was rebuilding myself from the ground up. Waking up was hard. Getting to my desk to write was hard. Taking care of my body was hard. Remembering the point of it all was hard.
Franz Gabriel Alexander has been described on more than one occasion as the father of psychosomatic medicine. For almost 25 years, he was director of the Chicago Institute of Psychoanalysis, where he trained many of the leading students of emotional disturbances and psychosomatic diseases.