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Sigmund Freud



Sigmund Freud (1856–1939) was an Austrian neurologist and the founder of psychoanalysis, a clinical method for treating psychopathology through dialogue between a patient and a psychoanalyst. He developed techniques such as the use of free association and identified the phenomenon of transference. His analysis of dreams as wish-fulfillments provided him with models for the underlying mechanisms of repression, and on this basis he elaborated his theory of the unconscious and went on to develop a model of psychic structure comprising id, ego, and superego. He also postulated the existence of libido, a sexualized energy that generates erotic attachments, and a death drive, the source of compulsive repetition, hate, aggression, and neurotic guilt.

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Why Do We Dream? - Amy Adkins

In the 3rd millennium BCE, Mesopotamian kings recorded and interpreted their dreams on wax tablets. In the years since, we haven't paused in our quest to understand why we dream. And while we still don’t have any definitive answers, we have some theories.

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On Dreams

Among the first of Sigmund Freud's many contributions to psychology and psychoanalysis was The Interpretation of Dreams, published in 1900, and considered his greatest work — even by Freud himself.

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The Life, Work, and Theories of Sigmund Freud

Psychology's most famous figure is also one of the most influential and controversial thinkers of the twentieth century. Sigmund Freud's theories and work helped shape our views of childhood, personality, memory, sexuality, and therapy.

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FindCenter Quotes ImageOne day, in retrospect, the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful.

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Psychotherapy - Sigmund Freud

Sigmund Freud, the inventor of psychoanalysis, appreciated the many ways in which our minds are troubled and anxious. It isn't us in particular: it's the human condition. “He described himself as an obsessional neurotic.

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The Ego & the Id

All human behaviors and traits, according to this 1923 study, derive from the complicated interactions of three elements of the psyche: the id, the ego, and the superego.

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Sigmund Freud's Life and Contributions to Psychology

Sigmund Freud was an Austrian neurologist who is perhaps most known as the founder of psychoanalysis. Freud's developed a set of therapeutic techniques centered on talk therapy that involved the use of strategies such as transference, free association, and dream interpretation.

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FindCenter Quotes ImageMost people do not really want freedom, because freedom involves responsibility, and most people are frightened of responsibility.

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Freud's 5 Stages of Psychosexual Development

Freud’s theory of psychosexual development claims that as we grow up, we pass through five critical phases which are defined by our sexual drive, also called libido, concentrating at specific erogenous zones.

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The Dream Frontier

The Dream Frontier is that rare book that makes available the cumulative wisdom of a century's worth of clinical examination of dreams and then reconfigured that wisdom on the basis of research in cognitive neuroscience.

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