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Sigmund FreudSigmund Freud by Max Halberstadt, c. 1921[1]BornSigismund Schlomo Freud6 May 1856Freiberg in Mähren, Moravia, Austrian Empire(now Příbor, Czech Republic)Died23 September 1939 (aged 83)Hampstead, London, United KingdomEducationUniversity of Vienna (MD, 1881)Known forPsychoanalysis, including the theories of id, ego and super-ego, oedipus complex, repression, defense mechanismSpouse(s)Martha Bernays ​(m. 1886)​ChildrenMathilde, Jean-Martin, Oliver, Ernst, Sophie, and AnnaAwards
Goethe Prize (1930)
Foreign Member of the Royal Society[2]Scientific careerFieldsNeurology, psychotherapy, psychoanalysisInstitutionsUniversity of ViennaAcademic advisors
Franz Brentano
Ernst Brücke
Carl ClausInfluencesBrentanoBreuerCharcotDarwinFechnerFliessvon HartmannHerbartNietzschePlatoSchopenhauerShakespeareInfluenced
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Sigmund Freud (/frɔɪd/ FROYD;[3]German: [ˈziːk.mʊnt ˈfʁɔʏt]; born Sigismund Schlomo Freud; 6 May 1856 – 23 September 1939) was an Austrian neurologist and the founder of psychoanalysis, a clinical method for treating psychopathology through dialogue between a patient and a psychoanalyst.[4]

Freud was born to Galician Jewish parents in the Moravian town of Freiberg, in the Austrian Empire. He qualified as a doctor of medicine in 1881 at the University of Vienna.[5][6] Upon completing his habilitation in 1885, he was appointed a docent in neuropathology and became an affiliated professor in 1902.[7] Freud lived and worked in Vienna, having set up his clinical practice there in 1886. In 1938, Freud left Austria to escape Nazi persecution. He died in exile in the United Kingdom in 1939.

In founding psychoanalysis, Freud developed therapeutic techniques such as the use of free association and discovered transference, establishing its central role in the analytic process. Freud’s redefinition of sexuality to include its infantile forms led him to formulate the Oedipus complex as the central tenet of psychoanalytical theory.[8] His analysis of dreams as wish-fulfillments provided him with models for the clinical analysis of symptom formation and the underlying mechanisms of repression. On this basis Freud elaborated his theory of the unconscious and went on to develop a model of psychic structure comprising id, ego and super-ego.[9] Freud postulated the existence of libido, a sexualised energy with which mental processes and structures are invested and which generates erotic attachments, and a death drive, the source of compulsive repetition, hate, aggression and neurotic guilt.[10] In his later works, Freud developed a wide-ranging interpretation and critique of religion and culture.

Though in overall decline as a diagnostic and clinical practice, psychoanalysis remains influential within psychology, psychiatry, and psychotherapy, and across the humanities. It thus continues to generate extensive and highly contested debate with regard to its therapeutic efficacy, its scientific status, and whether it advances or hinders the feminist cause.[11] Nonetheless, Freud’s work has suffused contemporary Western thought and popular culture. W. H. Auden’s 1940 poetic tribute to Freud describes him as having created “a whole climate of opinion / under whom we conduct our different lives.”[12]


Early life and education
Freud’s birthplace, a rented room in a locksmith’s house, Freiberg, Austrian Empire (later Příbor, Czech Republic).
Freud (aged 16) and his mother, Amalia, in 1872

Freud was born to Jewish parents in the Moravian town of Freiberg[13], in the Austrian Empire (now Příbor, Czech Republic), the first of eight children.[14] Both of his parents were from Galicia, a historic province straddling modern-day West Ukraine and southeast Poland. His father, Jakob Freud (1815–1896), a wool merchant, had two sons, Emanuel (1833–1914) and Philipp (1836–1911), by his first marriage. Jakob’s family were Hasidic Jews and, although Jakob himself had moved away from the tradition, he came to be known for his Torah study. He and Freud’s mother, Amalia Nathansohn, who was 20 years younger and his third wife, were married by Rabbi Isaac Noah Mannheimer on 29 July 1855.[15] They were struggling financially and living in a rented room, in a locksmith’s house at Schlossergasse 117 when their son Sigmund was born.[16] He was born with a caul, which his mother saw as a positive omen for the boy’s future.[17]

In 1859, the Freud family left Freiberg. Freud’s half-brothers emigrated to Manchester, England, parting him from the “inseparable” playmate of his early childhood, Emanuel’s son, John.[18] Jakob Freud took his wife and two children (Freud’s sister, Anna, was born in 1858; a brother, Julius born in 1857, had died in infancy) firstly to Leipzig and then in 1860 to Vienna where four sisters and a brother were born: Rosa (b. 1860), Marie (b. 1861), Adolfine (b. 1862), Paula (b. 1864), Alexander (b. 1866). In 1865, the nine-year-old Freud entered the Leopoldstädter Kommunal-Realgymnasium, a prominent high school. He proved to be an outstanding pupil and graduated from the Matura in 1873 with honors. He loved literature and was proficient in German, French, Italian, Spanish, English, Hebrew, Latin and Greek.[19]

Freud entered the University of Vienna at age 17. He had planned to study law, but joined the medical faculty at the university, where his studies included philosophy under Franz Brentano, physiology under Ernst Brücke, and zoology under Darwinist professor Carl Claus.[20] In 1876, Freud spent four weeks at Claus’s zoological research station in Trieste, dissecting hundreds of eels in an inconclusive search for their male reproductive organs.[21] In 1877 Freud moved to Ernst Brücke’s physiology laboratory where he spent six years comparing the brains of humans and other vertebrates with those of frogs and invertebrates such as crayfish and lampreys. His research work on the biology of nervous tissue proved seminal for the subsequent discovery of the neuron in the 1890s.[22] Freud’s research work was interrupted in 1879 by the obligation to undertake a year’s compulsory military service. The lengthy downtimes enabled him to complete a commission to translate four essays from John Stuart Mill’s collected works.[23] He graduated with an MD in March 1881.[24]

Early career and marriage

In 1882, Freud began his medical career at the Vienna General Hospital. His research work in cerebral anatomy led to the publication of an influential paper on the palliative effects of cocaine in 1884 and his work on aphasia would form the basis of his first book On Aphasia: A Critical Study, published in 1891.[25] Over a three-year period, Freud worked in various departments of the hospital. His time spent in Theodor Meynert’s psychiatric clinic and as a locum in a local asylum led to an increased interest in clinical work. His substantial body of published research led to his appointment as a university lecturer or docent in neuropathology in 1885, a non-salaried post but one which entitled him to give lectures at the University of Vienna.[26]

In 1886, Freud resigned his hospital post and entered private practice specializing in “nervous disorders”. The same year he married Martha Bernays, the granddaughter of Isaac Bernays, a chief rabbi in Hamburg. They had six children: Mathilde (b. 1887), Jean-Martin (b. 1889), Oliver (b. 1891), Ernst (b. 1892), Sophie (b. 1893), and Anna (b. 1895). From 1891 until they left Vienna in 1938, Freud and his family lived in an apartment at Berggasse 19, near Innere Stadt, a historical district of Vienna.

Freud’s home at Berggasse 19, Vienna

In 1896, Minna Bernays, Martha Freud’s sister, became a permanent member of the Freud household after the death of her fiancé. The close relationship she formed with Freud led to rumours, started by Carl Jung, of an affair. The discovery of a Swiss hotel guest-book entry for 13 August 1898, signed by Freud whilst travelling with his sister-in-law, has been presented as evidence of the affair.[27]

Freud began smoking tobacco at age 24; initially a cigarette smoker, he became a cigar smoker. He believed smoking enhanced his capacity to work and that he could exercise self-control in moderating it. Despite health warnings from colleague Wilhelm Fliess, he remained a smoker, eventually suffering a buccal cancer.[28] Freud suggested to Fliess in 1897 that addictions, including that to tobacco, were substitutes for masturbation, “the one great habit.”[29]

Freud had greatly admired his philosophy tutor, Brentano, who was known for his theories of perception and introspection. Brentano discussed the possible existence of the unconscious mind in his Psychology from an Empirical Standpoint (1874). Although Brentano denied its existence, his discussion of the unconscious probably helped introduce Freud to the concept.[30] Freud owned and made use of Charles Darwin’s major evolutionary writings, and was also influenced by Eduard von Hartmann’s The Philosophy of the Unconscious (1869). Other texts of importance to Freud were by Fechner and Herbart[31] with the latter’s Psychology as Science arguably considered to be of underrated significance in this respect.[32] Freud also drew on the work of Theodor Lipps who was one of the main contemporary theorists of the concepts of the unconscious and empathy.[33]

Though Freud was reluctant to associate his psychoanalytic insights with prior philosophical theories, attention has been drawn to analogies between his work and that of both Schopenhauer[34] and Nietzsche, both of whom he claimed not to have read until late in life. One historian concluded, based on Freud’s correspondence with his adolescent friend Eduard Silberstein, that Freud read Nietzsche’s The Birth of Tragedy and the first two of the Untimely Meditations when he was seventeen.[35] In 1900, the year of Nietzsche’s death, Freud bought his collected works; he told his friend, Fliess, that he hoped to find in Nietzsche’s works “the words for much that remains mute in me.” Later, he said he had not yet opened them.[36] Freud came to treat Nietzsche’s writings “as texts to be resisted far more than to be studied.” His interest in philosophy declined after he had decided on a career in neurology.[37]

Freud read William Shakespeare in English throughout his life, and it has been suggested that his understanding of human psychology may have been partially derived from Shakespeare’s plays.[38]

Freud’s Jewish origins and his allegiance to his secular Jewish identity were of significant influence in the formation of his intellectual and moral outlook, especially with respect to his intellectual non-conformism, as he was the first to point out in his Autobiographical Study.[39] They would also have a substantial effect on the content of psychoanalytic ideas, particularly in respect of their common concerns with depth interpretation and “the bounding of desire by law”.[40]

Development of psychoanalysis
André Brouillet’s A Clinical Lesson at the Salpêtrière (1887) depicting a Charcot demonstration. Freud had a lithograph of this painting placed over the couch in his consulting rooms.[41]

In October 1885, Freud went to Paris on a three-month fellowship to study with Jean-Martin Charcot, a renowned neurologist who was conducting scientific research into hypnosis. He was later to recall the experience of this stay as catalytic in turning him toward the practice of medical psychopathology and away from a less financially promising career in neurology research.[42] Charcot specialized in the study of hysteria and susceptibility to hypnosis, which he frequently demonstrated with patients on stage in front of an audience.

Once he had set up in private practice back in Vienna in 1886, Freud began using hypnosis in his clinical work. He adopted the approach of his friend and collaborator, Josef Breuer, in a type of hypnosis which was different from the French methods he had studied, in that it did not use suggestion. The treatment of one particular patient of Breuer’s proved to be transformative for Freud’s clinical practice. Described as Anna O., she was invited to talk about her symptoms while under hypnosis (she would coin the phrase “talking cure” for her treatment). In the course of talking in this way, her symptoms became reduced in severity as she retrieved memories of traumatic incidents associated with their onset.

The inconsistent results of Freud’s early clinical work eventually led him to abandon hypnosis, having concluded that more consistent and effective symptom relief could be achieved by encouraging patients to talk freely, without censorship or inhibition, about whatever ideas or memories occurred to them. In conjunction with this procedure, which he called “free association”, Freud found that patients’ dreams could be fruitfully analyzed to reveal the complex structuring of unconscious material and to demonstrate the psychic action of repression which, he had concluded, underlay symptom formation. By 1896 he was using the term “psychoanalysis” to refer to his new clinical method and the theories on which it was based.[43]

Approach to Freud’s consulting rooms at Berggasse 19

Freud’s development of these new theories took place during a period in which he experienced heart irregularities, disturbing dreams and periods of depression, a “neurasthenia” which he linked to the death of his father in 1896[44] and which prompted a “self-analysis” of his own dreams and memories of childhood. His explorations of his feelings of hostility to his father and rivalrous jealousy over his mother’s affections led him to fundamentally revise his theory of the origin of the neuroses.

On the basis of his early clinical work, Freud had postulated that unconscious memories of sexual molestation in early childhood were a necessary precondition for the psychoneuroses (hysteria and obsessional neurosis), a formulation now known as Freud’s seduction theory.[45] In the light of his self-analysis, Freud abandoned the theory that every neurosis can be traced back to the effects of infantile sexual abuse, now arguing that infantile sexual scenarios still had a causative function, but it did not matter whether they were real or imagined and that in either case they became pathogenic only when acting as repressed memories.[46]

This transition from the theory of infantile sexual trauma as a general explanation of how all neuroses originate to one that presupposes an autonomous infantile sexuality provided the basis for Freud’s subsequent formulation of the theory of the Oedipus complex.[47]

Freud described the evolution of his clinical method and set out his theory of the psychogenetic origins of hysteria, demonstrated in a number of case histories, in Studies on Hysteria published in 1895 (co-authored with Josef Breuer). In 1899 he published The Interpretation of Dreams in which, following a critical review of existing theory, Freud gives detailed interpretations of his own and his patients’ dreams in terms of wish-fulfillments made subject to the repression and censorship of the “dream work”. He then sets out the theoretical model of mental structure (the unconscious, pre-conscious and conscious) on which this account is based. An abridged version, On Dreams, was published in 1901. In works which would win him a more general readership, Freud applied his theories outside the clinical setting in The Psychopathology of Everyday Life (1901) and Jokes and their Relation to the Unconscious (1905).[48] In Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality, published in 1905, Freud elaborates his theory of infantile sexuality, describing its “polymorphous perverse” forms and the functioning of the “drives”, to which it gives rise, in the formation of sexual identity.[49] The same year he published Fragment of an Analysis of a Case of Hysteria, which became one of his more famous and controversial case studies.[50]

Relationship with Fliess

During this formative period of his work, Freud valued and came to rely on the intellectual and emotional support of his friend Wilhelm Fliess, a Berlin-based ear, nose and throat specialist whom he had first met in 1887. Both men saw themselves as isolated from the prevailing clinical and theoretical mainstream because of their ambitions to develop radical new theories of sexuality. Fliess developed highly eccentric theories of human biorhythms and a nasogenital connection which are today considered pseudoscientific. He shared Freud’s views on the importance of certain aspects of sexuality – masturbation, coitus interruptus, and the use of condoms – in the etiology of what were then called the “actual neuroses,” primarily neurasthenia and certain physically manifested anxiety symptoms.[51] They maintained an extensive correspondence from which Freud drew on Fliess’s speculations on infantile sexuality and bisexuality to elaborate and revise his own ideas. His first attempt at a systematic theory of the mind, his Project for a Scientific Psychology was developed as a metapsychology with Fliess as interlocutor.[52] However, Freud’s efforts to build a bridge between neurology and psychology were eventually abandoned after they had reached an impasse, as his letters to Fliess reveal,[53] though some ideas of the Project were to be taken up again in the concluding chapter of The Interpretation of Dreams.[54]

Freud had Fliess repeatedly operate on his nose and sinuses to treat “nasal reflex neurosis”,[55] and subsequently referred his patient Emma Eckstein to him. According to Freud, her history of symptoms included severe leg pains with consequent restricted mobility, as well as stomach and menstrual pains. These pains were, according to Fliess’s theories, caused by habitual masturbation which, as the tissue of the nose and genitalia were linked, was curable by removal of part of the middle turbinate.[56][57] Fliess’s surgery proved disastrous, resulting in profuse, recurrent nasal bleeding; he had left a half-metre of gauze in Eckstein’s nasal cavity whose subsequent removal left her permanently disfigured. At first, though aware of Fliess’s culpability and regarding the remedial surgery in horror, Freud could bring himself only to intimate delicately in his correspondence with Fliess the nature of his disastrous role, and in subsequent letters maintained a tactful silence on the matter or else returned to the face-saving topic of Eckstein’s hysteria. Freud ultimately, in light of Eckstein’s history of adolescent self-cutting and irregular nasal (and menstrual) bleeding, concluded that Fliess was “completely without blame”, as Eckstein’s post-operative haemorrhages were hysterical “wish-bleedings” linked to “an old wish to be loved in her illness” and triggered as a means of “rearousing [Freud’s] affection”. Eckstein nonetheless continued her analysis with Freud. She was restored to full mobility and went on to practice psychoanalysis herself.[58][59][56]

Freud, who had called Fliess “the Kepler of biology”, later concluded that a combination of a homoerotic attachment and the residue of his “specifically Jewish mysticism” lay behind his loyalty to his Jewish friend and his consequent over-estimation of both his theoretical and clinical work. Their friendship came to an acrimonious end with Fliess angry at Freud’s unwillingness to endorse his general theory of sexual periodicity and accusing him of collusion in the plagiarism of his work. After Fliess failed to respond to Freud’s offer of collaboration over publication of his Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality in 1906, their relationship came to an end.[60]

Early followers
Group photo 1909 in front of Clark University. Front row: Sigmund Freud, G. Stanley Hall, Carl Jung; back row: Abraham Brill, Ernest Jones, Sándor Ferenczi

In 1902, Freud at last realised his long-standing ambition to be made a university professor. The title “professor extraordinarius”[61] was important to Freud for the recognition and prestige it conferred, there being no salary or teaching duties attached to the post (he would be granted the enhanced status of “professor ordinarius” in 1920).[62] Despite support from the university, his appointment had been blocked in successive years by the political authorities and it was secured only with the intervention of one of his more influential ex-patients, a Baroness Marie Ferstel, who (supposedly) had to bribe the minister of education with a valuable painting.[63]

With his prestige thus enhanced, Freud continued with the regular series of lectures on his work which, since the mid-1880s as a docent of Vienna University, he had been delivering to small audiences every Saturday evening at the lecture hall of the university’s psychiatric clinic.[64]

From the autumn of 1902, a number of Viennese physicians who had expressed interest in Freud’s work were invited to meet at his apartment every Wednesday afternoon to discuss issues relating to psychology and neuropathology.[65] This group was called the Wednesday Psychological Society (Psychologische Mittwochs-Gesellschaft) and it marked the beginnings of the worldwide psychoanalytic movement.[66]

Freud founded this discussion group at the suggestion of the physician Wilhelm Stekel. Stekel had studied medicine at the University of Vienna under Richard von Krafft-Ebing. His conversion to psychoanalysis is variously attributed to his successful treatment by Freud for a sexual problem or as a result of his reading The Interpretation of Dreams, to which he subsequently gave a positive review in the Viennese daily newspaper Neues Wiener Tagblatt.[67]

The other three original members whom Freud invited to attend, Alfred Adler, Max Kahane, and Rudolf Reitler, were also physicians[68] and all five were Jewish by birth.[69] Both Kahane and Reitler were childhood friends of Freud. Kahane had attended the same secondary school and both he and Reitler went to university with Freud. They had kept abreast of Freud’s developing ideas through their attendance at his Saturday evening lectures.[70] In 1901, Kahane, who first introduced Stekel to Freud’s work,[64] had opened an out-patient psychotherapy institute of which he was the director in Bauernmarkt, in Vienna.[65] In the same year, his medical textbook, Outline of Internal Medicine for Students and Practicing Physicians, was published. In it, he provided an outline of Freud’s psychoanalytic method.[64] Kahane broke with Freud and left the Wednesday Psychological Society in 1907 for unknown reasons and in 1923 committed suicide.[71] Reitler was the director of an establishment providing thermal cures in Dorotheergasse which had been founded in 1901.[65] He died prematurely in 1917. Adler, regarded as the most formidable intellect among the early Freud circle, was a socialist who in 1898 had written a health manual for the tailoring trade. He was particularly interested in the potential social impact of psychiatry.[72]

Max Graf, a Viennese musicologist and father of “Little Hans”, who had first encountered Freud in 1900 and joined the Wednesday group soon after its initial inception,[73] described the ritual and atmosphere of the early meetings of the society:

The gatherings followed a definite ritual. First one of the members would present a paper. Then, black coffee and cakes were served; cigar and cigarettes were on the table and were consumed in great quantities. After a social quarter of an hour, the discussion would begin. The last and decisive word was always spoken by Freud himself. There was the atmosphere of the foundation of a religion in that room. Freud himself was its new prophet who made the heretofore prevailing methods of psychological investigation appear superficial.[72]

Carl Jung in 1910

By 1906, the group had grown to sixteen members, including Otto Rank, who was employed as the group’s paid secretary.[72] In the same year, Freud began a correspondence with Carl Gustav Jung who was by then already an academically acclaimed researcher into word-association and the Galvanic Skin Response, and a lecturer at Zurich University, although still only an assistant to Eugen Bleuler at the Burghölzli Mental Hospital in Zürich.[74][75] In March 1907, Jung and Ludwig Binswanger, also a Swiss psychiatrist, travelled to Vienna to visit Freud and attend the discussion group. Thereafter, they established a small psychoanalytic group in Zürich. In 1908, reflecting its growing institutional status, the Wednesday group was reconstituted as the Vienna Psychoanalytic Society[76] with Freud as president, a position he relinquished in 1910 in favor of Adler in the hope of neutralizing his increasingly critical standpoint.[77]

The first woman member, Margarete Hilferding, joined the Society in 1910[78] and the following year she was joined by Tatiana Rosenthal and Sabina Spielrein who were both Russian psychiatrists and graduates of the Zürich University medical school. Prior to the completion of her studies, Spielrein had been a patient of Jung at the Burghölzli and the clinical and personal details of their relationship became the subject of an extensive correspondence between Freud and Jung. Both women would go on to make important contributions to the work of the Russian Psychoanalytic Society founded in 1910.[79]

Freud’s early followers met together formally for the first time at the Hotel Bristol, Salzburg on 27 April 1908. This meeting, which was retrospectively deemed to be the first International Psychoanalytic Congress,[80] was convened at the suggestion of Ernest Jones, then a London-based neurologist who had discovered Freud’s writings and begun applying psychoanalytic methods in his clinical work. Jones had met Jung at a conference the previous year and they met up again in Zürich to organize the Congress. There were, as Jones records, “forty-two present, half of whom were or became practicing analysts.”[81] In addition to Jones and the Viennese and Zürich contingents accompanying Freud and Jung, also present and notable for their subsequent importance in the psychoanalytic movement were Karl Abraham and Max Eitingon from Berlin, Sándor Ferenczi from Budapest and the New York-based Abraham Brill.

Important decisions were taken at the Congress with a view to advancing the impact of Freud’s work. A journal, the Jahrbuch für psychoanalytische und psychopathologishe Forschungen, was launched in 1909 under the editorship of Jung. This was followed in 1910 by the monthly Zentralblatt für Psychoanalyse edited by Adler and Stekel, in 1911 by Imago, a journal devoted to the application of psychoanalysis to the field of cultural and literary studies edited by Rank and in 1913 by the Internationale Zeitschrift für Psychoanalyse, also edited by Rank.[82] Plans for an international association of psychoanalysts were put in place and these were implemented at the Nuremberg Congress of 1910 where Jung was elected, with Freud’s support, as its first president.

Freud turned to Brill and Jones to further his ambition to spread the psychoanalytic cause in the English-speaking world. Both were invited to Vienna following the Salzburg Congress and a division of labour was agreed with Brill given the translation rights for Freud’s works, and Jones, who was to take up a post at the University of Toronto later in the year, tasked with establishing a platform for Freudian ideas in North American academic and medical life.[83] Jones’s advocacy prepared the way for Freud’s visit to the United States, accompanied by Jung and Ferenczi, in September 1909 at the invitation of Stanley Hall, president of Clark University, Worcester, Massachusetts, where he gave five lectures on psychoanalysis.[84]

The event, at which Freud was awarded an Honorary Doctorate, marked the first public recognition of Freud’s work and attracted widespread media interest. Freud’s audience included the distinguished neurologist and psychiatrist James Jackson Putnam, Professor of Diseases of the Nervous System at Harvard, who invited Freud to his country retreat where they held extensive discussions over a period of four days. Putnam’s subsequent public endorsement of Freud’s work represented a significant breakthrough for the psychoanalytic cause in the United States.[84] When Putnam and Jones organised the founding of the American Psychoanalytic Association in May 1911 they were elected president and secretary respectively. Brill founded the New York Psychoanalytic Society the same year. His English translations of Freud’s work began to appear from 1909.

Resignations from the IPA

Some of Freud’s followers subsequently withdrew from the International Psychoanalytical Association (IPA) and founded their own schools.

From 1909, Adler’s views on topics such as neurosis began to differ markedly from those held by Freud. As Adler’s position appeared increasingly incompatible with Freudianism, a series of confrontations between their respective viewpoints took place at the meetings of the Viennese Psychoanalytic Society in January and February 1911. In February 1911, Adler, then the president of the society, resigned his position. At this time, Stekel also resigned his position as vice president of the society. Adler finally left the Freudian group altogether in June 1911 to found his own organization with nine other members who had also resigned from the group.[85] This new formation was initially called Society for Free Psychoanalysis but it was soon renamed the Society for Individual Psychology. In the period after World War I, Adler became increasingly associated with a psychological position he devised called individual psychology.[86]

The committee in 1922 (from left to right): Otto Rank, Sigmund Freud, Karl Abraham, Max Eitingon, Sándor Ferenczi, Ernest Jones, and Hanns Sachs

In 1912, Jung published Wandlungen und Symbole der Libido (published in English in 1916 as Psychology of the Unconscious) making it clear that his views were taking a direction quite different from those of Freud. To distinguish his system from psychoanalysis, Jung called it analytical psychology.[87] Anticipating the final breakdown of the relationship between Freud and Jung, Ernest Jones initiated the formation of a Secret Committee of loyalists charged with safeguarding the theoretical coherence and institutional legacy of the psychoanalytic movement. Formed in the autumn of 1912, the Committee comprised Freud, Jones, Abraham, Ferenczi, Rank, and Hanns Sachs. Max Eitingon joined the committee in 1919. Each member pledged himself not to make any public departure from the fundamental tenets of psychoanalytic theory before he had discussed his views with the others. After this development, Jung recognised that his position was untenable and resigned as editor of the Jarhbuch and then as president of the IPA in April 1914. The Zürich Society withdrew from the IPA the following July.[88]

Later the same year, Freud published a paper entitled “The History of the Psychoanalytic Movement”, the German original being first published in the Jahrbuch, giving his view on the birth and evolution of the psychoanalytic movement and the withdrawal of Adler and Jung from it.

The final defection from Freud’s inner circle occurred following the publication in 1924 of Rank’s The Trauma of Birth which other members of the committee read as, in effect, abandoning the Oedipus Complex as the central tenet of psychoanalytic theory. Abraham and Jones became increasingly forceful critics of Rank and though he and Freud were reluctant to end their close and long-standing relationship the break finally came in 1926 when Rank resigned from his official posts in the IPA and left Vienna for Paris. His place on the Committee was taken by Anna Freud.[89] Rank eventually settled in the United States where his revisions of Freudian theory were to influence a new generation of therapists uncomfortable with the orthodoxies of the IPA.

Early psychoanalytic movement
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Psychosexual development
Psychosocial development (Erikson)
Psychic apparatus
Id, ego and super-ego
Ego defenses

Important figures
Karl Abraham
Alfred Adler
Michael Balint
Wilfred Bion
Josef Breuer
Nancy Chodorow
Max Eitingon
Erik Erikson
Ronald Fairbairn
Paul Federn
Otto Fenichel
Sándor Ferenczi
Anna Freud
Sigmund Freud
Erich Fromm
Harry Guntrip
Karen Horney
Edith Jacobson
Ernest Jones
Carl Jung
Abram Kardiner
Heinz Kohut
Melanie Klein
Jacques Lacan
Ronald Laing
Jean Laplanche
Margaret Mahler
Jacques-Alain Miller
Sandor Rado
Otto Rank
Wilhelm Reich
Joan Riviere
Isidor Sadger
Ernst Simmel
Sabina Spielrein
Wilhelm Stekel
James Strachey
Harry Stack Sullivan
Susan Sutherland Isaacs
Donald Winnicott
Slavoj Žižek

Important works
The Interpretation of Dreams (1899)
The Psychopathology of Everyday Life (1901)
Three Essays on the Theoryof Sexuality (1905)
Beyond the Pleasure Principle (1920)
The Ego and the Id (1923)

Schools of thought
Ego psychology
Object relations
Self psychology

Boston Graduate School ofPsychoanalysis
British Psychoanalytic Council
British Psychoanalytical Society
Columbia University Center forPsychoanalytic Training and Research
International Psychoanalytical Association
World Association of Psychoanalysis
List of schools of psychoanalysis

See also
Child psychoanalysis
Depth psychology
Psychoanalytic theory

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After the founding of the IPA in 1910, an international network of psychoanalytical societies, training institutes and clinics became well established and a regular schedule of biannual Congresses commenced after the end of World War I to coordinate their activities.[90]

Abraham and Eitingon founded the Berlin Psychoanalytic Society in 1910 and then the Berlin Psychoanalytic Institute and the Poliklinik in 1920. The Poliklinik’s innovations of free treatment, and child analysis and the Berlin Institute’s standardisation of psychoanalytic training had a major influence on the wider psychoanalytic movement. In 1927 Ernst Simmel founded the Schloss Tegel Sanatorium on the outskirts of Berlin, the first such establishment to provide psychoanalytic treatment in an institutional framework. Freud organised a fund to help finance its activities and his architect son, Ernst, was commissioned to refurbish the building. It was forced to close in 1931 for economic reasons.[91]

The 1910 Moscow Psychoanalytic Society became the Russian Psychoanalytic Society and Institute in 1922. Freud’s Russian followers were the first to benefit from translations of his work, the 1904 Russian translation of The Interpretation of Dreams appearing nine years before Brill’s English edition. The Russian Institute was unique in receiving state support for its activities, including publication of translations of Freud’s works.[92] Support was abruptly annulled in 1924, when Joseph Stalin came to power, after which psychoanalysis was denounced on ideological grounds.[93]

After helping found the American Psychoanalytic Association in 1911, Ernest Jones returned to Britain from Canada in 1913 and founded the London Psychoanalytic Society the same year. In 1919, he dissolved this organisation and, with its core membership purged of Jungian adherents, founded the British Psychoanalytical Society, serving as its president until 1944. The Institute of Psychoanalysis was established 1924 and the London Clinic of Psychoanalysis established in 1926, both under Jones’s directorship.[94]

The Vienna Ambulatorium (Clinic) was established in 1922 and the Vienna Psychoanalytic Institute was founded in 1924 under the directorship of Helene Deutsch.[95] Ferenczi founded the Budapest Psychoanalytic Institute in 1913 and a clinic in 1929.

Psychoanalytic societies and institutes were established in Switzerland (1919), France (1926), Italy (1932), the Netherlands (1933), Norway (1933) and in Palestine (Jerusalem, 1933) by Eitingon, who had fled Berlin after Adolf Hitler came to power.[96] The New York Psychoanalytic Institute was founded in 1931.

The 1922 Berlin Congress was the last Freud attended.[97] By this time his speech had become seriously impaired by the prosthetic device he needed as a result of a series of operations on his cancerous jaw. He kept abreast of developments through a regular correspondence with his principal followers and via the circular letters and meetings of the Secret Committee which he continued to attend.

The Committee continued to function until 1927 by which time institutional developments within the IPA, such as the establishment of the International Training Commission, had addressed concerns about the transmission of psychoanalytic theory and practice. There remained, however, significant differences over the issue of lay analysis – i.e. the acceptance of non-medically qualified candidates for psychoanalytic training. Freud set out his case in favour in 1926 in his The Question of Lay Analysis. He was resolutely opposed by the American societies who expressed concerns over professional standards and the risk of litigation (though child analysts were made exempt). These concerns were also shared by some of his European colleagues. Eventually an agreement was reached allowing societies autonomy in setting criteria for candidature.[98]

In 1930 Freud was awarded the Goethe Prize in recognition of his contributions to psychology and to German literary culture.[99]


Freud used pseudonyms in his case histories. Some patients known by pseudonyms were Cäcilie M. (Anna von Lieben); Dora (Ida Bauer, 1882–1945); Frau Emmy von N. (Fanny Moser); Fräulein Elisabeth von R. (Ilona Weiss);[100] Fräulein Katharina (Aurelia Kronich); Fräulein Lucy R.; Little Hans (Herbert Graf, 1903–1973); Rat Man (Ernst Lanzer, 1878–1914); Enos Fingy (Joshua Wild, 1878–1920);[101] and Wolf Man (Sergei Pankejeff, 1887–1979). Other famous patients included Prince Pedro Augusto of Brazil (1866–1934); H.D. (1886–1961); Emma Eckstein (1865–1924); Gustav Mahler (1860–1911), with whom Freud had only a single, extended consultation; Princess Marie Bonaparte; Edith Banfield Jackson (1895–1977);[102] and Albert Hirst (1887–1974).[103]


In February 1923, Freud detected a leukoplakia, a benign growth associated with heavy smoking, on his mouth. He initially kept this secret, but in April 1923 he informed Ernest Jones, telling him that the growth had been removed. Freud consulted the dermatologist Maximilian Steiner, who advised him to quit smoking but lied about the growth’s seriousness, minimizing its importance. Freud later saw Felix Deutsch, who saw that the growth was cancerous; he identified it to Freud using the euphemism “a bad leukoplakia” instead of the technical diagnosis epithelioma. Deutsch advised Freud to stop smoking and have the growth excised. Freud was treated by Marcus Hajek, a rhinologist whose competence he had previously questioned. Hajek performed an unnecessary cosmetic surgery in his clinic’s outpatient department. Freud bled during and after the operation, and may narrowly have escaped death. Freud subsequently saw Deutsch again. Deutsch saw that further surgery would be required, but did not tell Freud he had cancer because he was worried that Freud might wish to commit suicide.[104]

Escape from Nazism

In January 1933, the Nazi Party took control of Germany, and Freud’s books were prominent among those they burned and destroyed. Freud remarked to Ernest Jones: “What progress we are making. In the Middle Ages they would have burned me. Now, they are content with burning my books.”[105] Freud continued to underestimate the growing Nazi threat and remained determined to stay in Vienna, even following the Anschluss of 13 March 1938, in which Nazi Germany annexed Austria, and the outbreaks of violent antisemitism that ensued.[106] Jones, the then president of the International Psychoanalytical Association (IPA), flew into Vienna from London via Prague on 15 March determined to get Freud to change his mind and seek exile in Britain. This prospect and the shock of the arrest and interrogation of Anna Freud by the Gestapo finally convinced Freud it was time to leave Austria.[106] Jones left for London the following week with a list provided by Freud of the party of émigrés for whom immigration permits would be required. Back in London, Jones used his personal acquaintance with the Home Secretary, Sir Samuel Hoare, to expedite the granting of permits. There were seventeen in all and work permits were provided where relevant. Jones also used his influence in scientific circles, persuading the president of the Royal Society, Sir William Bragg, to write to the Foreign Secretary Lord Halifax, requesting to good effect that diplomatic pressure be applied in Berlin and Vienna on Freud’s behalf. Freud also had support from American diplomats, notably his ex-patient and American ambassador to France, William Bullitt. Bullitt alerted U.S. President Roosevelt to the increased dangers facing the Freuds, resulting in the American consul-general in Vienna, John Cooper Wiley, arranging regular monitoring of Berggasse 19. He also intervened by phone call during the Gestapo interrogation of Anna Freud.[107]

The departure from Vienna began in stages throughout April and May 1938. Freud’s grandson Ernst Halberstadt and Freud’s son Martin’s wife and children left for Paris in April. Freud’s sister-in-law, Minna Bernays, left for London on 5 May, Martin Freud the following week and Freud’s daughter Mathilde and her husband, Robert Hollitscher, on 24 May.[108]

By the end of the month, arrangements for Freud’s own departure for London had become stalled, mired in a legally tortuous and financially extortionate process of negotiation with the Nazi authorities. Under regulations imposed on its Jewish population by the new Nazi regime, a Kommissar was appointed to manage Freud’s assets and those of the IPA whose headquarters were near Freud’s home. Freud was allocated to Dr. Anton Sauerwald, who had studied chemistry at Vienna University under Professor Josef Herzig, an old friend of Freud’s. Sauerwald read Freud’s books to further learn about him and became sympathetic towards his situation. Though required to disclose details of all Freud’s bank accounts to his superiors and to arrange the destruction of the historic library of books housed in the offices of the IPA, Sauerwald did neither. Instead he removed evidence of Freud’s foreign bank accounts to his own safe-keeping and arranged the storage of the IPA library in the Austrian National Library where it remained until the end of the war.[109]

Though Sauerwald’s intervention lessened the financial burden of the “flight” tax on Freud’s declared assets, other substantial charges were levied in relation to the debts of the IPA and the valuable collection of antiquities Freud possessed. Unable to access his own accounts, Freud turned to Princess Marie Bonaparte, the most eminent and wealthy of his French followers, who had travelled to Vienna to offer her support and it was she who made the necessary funds available.[110] This allowed Sauerwald to sign the necessary exit visas for Freud, his wife Martha and daughter Anna. They left Vienna on the Orient Express on 4 June, accompanied by their housekeeper and a doctor, arriving in Paris the following day where they stayed as guests of Marie Bonaparte before travelling overnight to London arriving at London Victoria station on 6 June.

Among those soon to call on Freud to pay their respects were Salvador Dalí, Stefan Zweig, Leonard Woolf, Virginia Woolf and H. G. Wells. Representatives of the Royal Society called with the Society’s Charter for Freud, who had been elected a Foreign Member in 1936, to sign himself into membership. Marie Bonaparte arrived near the end of June to discuss the fate of Freud’s four elderly sisters left behind in Vienna. Her subsequent attempts to get them exit visas failed and they would all die in Nazi concentration camps.[111]

Freud’s last home, now dedicated to his life and work as the Freud Museum, 20 Maresfield Gardens, Hampstead, London NW3, England.

In early 1939, Sauerwald arrived in London in mysterious circumstances where he met Freud’s brother Alexander.[112] He was tried and imprisoned in 1945 by an Austrian court for his activities as a Nazi Party official. Responding to a plea from his wife, Anna Freud wrote to confirm that Sauerwald “used his office as our appointed commissar in such a manner as to protect my father”. Her intervention helped secure his release from jail in 1947.[113]

In the Freuds’ new home, 20 Maresfield Gardens, Hampstead, North London, Freud’s Vienna consulting room was recreated in faithful detail. He continued to see patients there until the terminal stages of his illness. He also worked on his last books, Moses and Monotheism, published in German in 1938 and in English the following year[114] and the uncompleted An Outline of Psychoanalysis which was published posthumously.

Sigmund Freud’s ashes in the “Freud Corner” at the Golders Green Crematorium

By mid-September 1939, Freud’s cancer of the jaw was causing him increasingly severe pain and had been declared inoperable. The last book he read, Balzac’s La Peau de chagrin, prompted reflections on his own increasing frailty and a few days later he turned to his doctor, friend, and fellow refugee, Max Schur, reminding him that they had previously discussed the terminal stages of his illness: “Schur, you remember our ‘contract’ not to leave me in the lurch when the time had come. Now it is nothing but torture and makes no sense.” When Schur replied that he had not forgotten, Freud said, “I thank you,” and then “Talk it over with Anna, and if she thinks it’s right, then make an end of it.” Anna Freud wanted to postpone her father’s death, but Schur convinced her it was pointless to keep him alive and on 21 and 22 September administered doses of morphine that resulted in Freud’s death around 3 am on 23 September 1939.[115][116] However, discrepancies in the various accounts Schur gave of his role in Freud’s final hours, which have in turn led to inconsistencies between Freud’s main biographers, has led to further research and a revised account. This proposes that Schur was absent from Freud’s deathbed when a third and final dose of morphine was administered by Dr. Josephine Stross, a colleague of Anna Freud, leading to Freud’s death around midnight on 23 September 1939.[117]

Three days after his death Freud’s body was cremated at the Golders Green Crematorium in North London, with Harrods acting as funeral directors, on the instructions of his son, Ernst.[118] Funeral orations were given by Ernest Jones and the Austrian author Stefan Zweig. Freud’s ashes were later placed in the crematorium’s Ernest George Columbarium (see “Freud Corner”). They rest on a plinth designed by his son, Ernst,[119] in a sealed[118]ancient Greek bell krater painted with Dionysian scenes that Freud had received as a gift from Marie Bonaparte and which he had kept in his study in Vienna for many years. After his wife, Martha, died in 1951, her ashes were also placed in the urn.[120]


Early work

Freud began his study of medicine at the University of Vienna in 1873.[121] He took almost nine years to complete his studies, due to his interest in neurophysiological research, specifically investigation of the sexual anatomy of eels and the physiology of the fish nervous system, and because of his interest in studying philosophy with Franz Brentano. He entered private practice in neurology for financial reasons, receiving his M.D. degree in 1881 at the age of 25.[122] Amongst his principal concerns in the 1880s was the anatomy of the brain, specifically the medulla oblongata. He intervened in the important debates about aphasia with his monograph of 1891, Zur Auffassung der Aphasien, in which he coined the term agnosia and counselled against a too locationist view of the explanation of neurological deficits. Like his contemporary Eugen Bleuler, he emphasized brain function rather than brain structure.

Freud was also an early researcher in the field of cerebral palsy, which was then known as “cerebral paralysis”. He published several medical papers on the topic, and showed that the disease existed long before other researchers of the period began to notice and study it. He also suggested that William John Little, the man who first identified cerebral palsy, was wrong about lack of oxygen during birth being a cause. Instead, he suggested that complications in birth were only a symptom.

Freud hoped that his research would provide a solid scientific basis for his therapeutic technique. The goal of Freudian therapy, or psychoanalysis, was to bring repressed thoughts and feelings into consciousness in order to free the patient from suffering repetitive distorted emotions.

Classically, the bringing of unconscious thoughts and feelings to consciousness is brought about by encouraging a patient to talk about dreams and engage in free association, in which patients report their thoughts without reservation and make no attempt to concentrate while doing so.[123] Another important element of psychoanalysis is transference, the process by which patients displace onto their analysts feelings and ideas which derive from previous figures in their lives. Transference was first seen as a regrettable phenomenon that interfered with the recovery of repressed memories and disturbed patients’ objectivity, but by 1912, Freud had come to see it as an essential part of the therapeutic process.[124]

The origin of Freud’s early work with psychoanalysis can be linked to Josef Breuer. Freud credited Breuer with opening the way to the discovery of the psychoanalytical method by his treatment of the case of Anna O. In November 1880, Breuer was called in to treat a highly intelligent 21-year-old woman (Bertha Pappenheim) for a persistent cough that he diagnosed as hysterical. He found that while nursing her dying father, she had developed a number of transitory symptoms, including visual disorders and paralysis and contractures of limbs, which he also diagnosed as hysterical. Breuer began to see his patient almost every day as the symptoms increased and became more persistent, and observed that she entered states of absence. He found that when, with his encouragement, she told fantasy stories in her evening states of absence her condition improved, and most of her symptoms had disappeared by April 1881. Following the death of her father in that month her condition deteriorated again. Breuer recorded that some of the symptoms eventually remitted spontaneously, and that full recovery was achieved by inducing her to recall events that had precipitated the occurrence of a specific symptom.[125] In the years immediately following Breuer’s treatment, Anna O. spent three short periods in sanatoria with the diagnosis “hysteria” with “somatic symptoms”,[126] and some authors have challenged Breuer’s published account of a cure.[127][128][129] Richard Skues rejects this interpretation, which he sees as stemming from both Freudian and anti-psychoanalytical revisionism — revisionism that regards both Breuer’s narrative of the case as unreliable and his treatment of Anna O. as a failure.[130] Psychologist Frank Sulloway contends that “Freud’s case histories are rampant with censorship, distortions, highly dubious ‘reconstructions,’ and exaggerated claims.”[131]

Seduction theory

In the early 1890s, Freud used a form of treatment based on the one that Breuer had described to him, modified by what he called his “pressure technique” and his newly developed analytic technique of interpretation and reconstruction. According to Freud’s later accounts of this period, as a result of his use of this procedure most of his patients in the mid-1890s reported early childhood sexual abuse. He believed these accounts, which he used as the basis for his seduction theory, but then he came to believe that they were fantasies. He explained these at first as having the function of “fending off” memories of infantile masturbation, but in later years he wrote that they represented Oedipal fantasies, stemming from innate drives that are sexual and destructive in nature.[132]

Another version of events focuses on Freud’s proposing that unconscious memories of infantile sexual abuse were at the root of the psychoneuroses in letters to Fliess in October 1895, before he reported that he had actually discovered such abuse among his patients.[133] In the first half of 1896, Freud published three papers, which led to his seduction theory, stating that he had uncovered, in all of his current patients, deeply repressed memories of sexual abuse in early childhood.[134] In these papers, Freud recorded that his patients were not consciously aware of these memories, and must therefore be present as unconscious memories if they were to result in hysterical symptoms or obsessional neurosis. The patients were subjected to considerable pressure to “reproduce” infantile sexual abuse “scenes” that Freud was convinced had been repressed into the unconscious.[135] Patients were generally unconvinced that their experiences of Freud’s clinical procedure indicated actual sexual abuse. He reported that even after a supposed “reproduction” of sexual scenes the patients assured him emphatically of their disbelief.[136]

As well as his pressure technique, Freud’s clinical procedures involved analytic inference and the symbolic interpretation of symptoms to trace back to memories of infantile sexual abuse.[137] His claim of one hundred percent confirmation of his theory only served to reinforce previously expressed reservations from his colleagues about the validity of findings obtained through his suggestive techniques.[138] Freud subsequently showed inconsistency as to whether his seduction theory was still compatible with his later findings.[139] In an addendum to The Aetiology of Hysteria he stated: “All this is true [the sexual abuse of children]; but it must be remembered that at the time I wrote it I had not yet freed myself from my overvaluation of reality and my low valuation of phantasy”.[140] Some years later Freud explicitly rejected the claim of his colleague Ferenczi that his patients’ reports of sexual molestation were actual memories instead of fantasies, and he tried to dissuade Ferenczi from making his views public.[139] Karin Ahbel-Rappe concludes in her study “‘I no longer believe’: did Freud abandon the seduction theory?”: “Freud marked out and started down a trail of investigation into the nature of the experience of infantile incest and its impact on the human psyche, and then abandoned this direction for the most part.”[141]


As a medical researcher, Freud was an early user and proponent of cocaine as a stimulant as well as analgesic. He believed that cocaine was a cure for many mental and physical problems, and in his 1884 paper “On Coca” he extolled its virtues. Between 1883 and 1887 he wrote several articles recommending medical applications, including its use as an antidepressant. He narrowly missed out on obtaining scientific priority for discovering its anesthetic properties of which he was aware but had mentioned only in passing.[142] (Karl Koller, a colleague of Freud’s in Vienna, received that distinction in 1884 after reporting to a medical society the ways cocaine could be used in delicate eye surgery.) Freud also recommended cocaine as a cure for morphine addiction.[143] He had introduced cocaine to his friend Ernst von Fleischl-Marxow, who had become addicted to morphine taken to relieve years of excruciating nerve pain resulting from an infection acquired after injuring himself while performing an autopsy. His claim that Fleischl-Marxow was cured of his addiction was premature, though he never acknowledged that he had been at fault. Fleischl-Marxow developed an acute case of “cocaine psychosis”, and soon returned to using morphine, dying a few years later still suffering from intolerable pain.[144]

The application as an anesthetic turned out to be one of the few safe uses of cocaine, and as reports of addiction and overdose began to filter in from many places in the world, Freud’s medical reputation became somewhat tarnished.[145] After the “Cocaine Episode”[146] Freud ceased to publicly recommend use of the drug, but continued to take it himself occasionally for depression, migraine and nasal inflammation during the early 1890s, before discontinuing its use in 1896.[147]

The unconscious
Main article: Unconscious mind

The concept of the unconscious was central to Freud’s account of the mind. Freud believed that while poets and thinkers had long known of the existence of the unconscious, he had ensured that it received scientific recognition in the field of psychology.[148]

Freud states explicitly that his concept of the unconscious as he first formulated it was based on the theory of repression. He postulated a cycle in which ideas are repressed, but remain in the mind, removed from consciousness yet operative, then reappear in consciousness under certain circumstances. The postulate was based upon the investigation of cases of hysteria, which revealed instances of behaviour in patients that could not be explained without reference to ideas or thoughts of which they had no awareness and which analysis revealed were linked to the (real or imagined) repressed sexual scenarios of childhood. In his later re-formulations of the concept of repression in his 1915 paper ‘Repression’ (Standard Edition XIV) Freud introduced the distinction in the unconscious between primary repression linked to the universal taboo on incest (‘innately present originally’) and repression (‘after expulsion’) that was a product of an individual’s life history (‘acquired in the course of the ego’s development’) in which something that was at one point conscious is rejected or eliminated from consciousness.[148]

In his account of the development and modification of his theory of unconscious mental processes he sets out in his 1915 paper ‘The Unconscious’ (Standard Edition XIV), Freud identifies the three perspectives he employs: the dynamic, the economic and the topographical.

The dynamic perspective concerns firstly the constitution of the unconscious by repression and secondly the process of “censorship” which maintains unwanted, anxiety inducing thoughts as such. Here Freud is drawing on observations from his earliest clinical work in the treatment of hysteria.

In the economic perspective the focus is upon the trajectories of the repressed contents “the vicissitudes of sexual impulses” as they undergo complex transformations in the process of both symptom formation and normal unconscious thought such as dreams and slips of the tongue. These were topics Freud explored in detail in The Interpretation of Dreams and The Psychopathology of Everyday Life.

Whereas both these former perspectives focus on the unconscious as it is about to enter consciousness, the topographical perspective represents a shift in which the systemic properties of the unconscious, its characteristic processes and modes of operation such as condensation and displacement, are placed in the foreground.

This “first topography” presents a model of psychic structure comprising three systems:

The System Ucs – the unconscious: “primary process” mentation governed by the pleasure principle characterised by “exemption from mutual contradiction, … mobility of cathexes, timelessness and replacement of external by psychical reality.” (‘The Unconscious’ (1915) Standard Edition XIV).
The System Pcs – the preconscious in which the unconscious thing-presentations of the primary process are bound by the secondary processes of language (word presentations), a prerequisite for their becoming available to consciousness.
The System Cns – conscious thought governed by the reality principle.

In his later work, notably in The Ego and the Id (1923), a second topography is introduced comprising id, ego and super-ego, which is superimposed on the first without replacing it.[149] In this later formulation of the concept of the unconscious the id[150] comprises a reservoir of instincts or drives a portion of them being hereditary or innate, a portion repressed or acquired. As such, from the economic perspective, the id is the prime source of psychical energy and from the dynamic perspective it conflicts with the ego[151] and the super-ego[152] which, genetically speaking, are diversifications of the id.

Main article: The Interpretation of Dreams

Freud believed the function of dreams is to preserve sleep by representing as fulfilled wishes that would otherwise awaken the dreamer.[153]

In Freud’s theory dreams are instigated by the daily occurrences and thoughts of everyday life. In what Freud called the “dream-work”, these “secondary process” thoughts (“word presentations”), governed by the rules of language and the reality principle, become subject to the “primary process” of unconscious thought (“thing presentations”) governed by the pleasure principle, wish gratification and the repressed sexual scenarios of childhood. Because of the disturbing nature of the latter and other repressed thoughts and desires which may have become linked to them, the dream-work operates a censorship function, disguising by distortion, displacement and condensation the repressed thoughts so as to preserve sleep.[154]

In the clinical setting, Freud encouraged free association to the dream’s manifest content, as recounted in the dream narrative, so as to facilitate interpretative work on its latent content – the repressed thoughts and fantasies – and also on the underlying mechanisms and structures operative in the dream-work. As Freud developed his theoretical work on dreams he went beyond his theory of dreams as wish-fulfillments to arrive at an emphasis on dreams as “nothing other than a particular form of thinking. … It is the dream-work that creates that form, and it alone is the essence of dreaming”.[155]

Psychosexual development
Main article: Psychosexual development

Freud’s theory of psychosexual development proposes that, following on from the initial polymorphous perversity of infantile sexuality, the sexual “drives” pass through the distinct developmental phases of the oral, the anal, and the phallic. Though these phases then give way to a latency stage of reduced sexual interest and activity (from the age of five to puberty, approximately), they leave, to a greater or lesser extent, a “perverse” and bisexual residue which persists during the formation of adult genital sexuality. Freud argued that neurosis or perversion could be explained in terms of fixation or regression to these phases whereas adult character and cultural creativity could achieve a sublimation of their perverse residue.[156]

After Freud’s later development of the theory of the Oedipus complex this normative developmental trajectory becomes formulated in terms of the child’s renunciation of incestuous desires under the fantasised threat of (or phantasised fact of, in the case of the girl) castration.[157] The “dissolution” of the Oedipus complex is then achieved when the child’s rivalrous identification with the parental figure is transformed into the pacifying identifications of the Ego ideal which assume both similarity and difference and acknowledge the separateness and autonomy of the other.[158]

Freud hoped to prove that his model was universally valid and turned to ancient mythology and contemporary ethnography for comparative material arguing that totemism reflected a ritualized enactment of a tribal Oedipal conflict.[159]

Id, ego, and super-ego
Main article: Id, ego and super-ego
The iceberg metaphor is often used to explain the psyche’s parts in relation to one another

Freud proposed that the human psyche could be divided into three parts: Id, ego and super-ego. Freud discussed this model in the 1920 essay Beyond the Pleasure Principle, and fully elaborated upon it in The Ego and the Id (1923), in which he developed it as an alternative to his previous topographic schema (i.e., conscious, unconscious and preconscious). The id is the completely unconscious, impulsive, childlike portion of the psyche that operates on the “pleasure principle” and is the source of basic impulses and drives; it seeks immediate pleasure and gratification.[160]

Freud acknowledged that his use of the term Id (das Es, “the It”) derives from the writings of Georg Groddeck.[150][161] The super-ego is the moral component of the psyche.[152] The rational ego attempts to exact a balance between the impractical hedonism of the id and the equally impractical moralism of the super-ego;[151] it is the part of the psyche that is usually reflected most directly in a person’s actions. When overburdened or threatened by its tasks, it may employ defence mechanisms including denial, repression, undoing, rationalization, and displacement. This concept is usually represented by the “Iceberg Model”.[162] This model represents the roles the id, ego, and super- ego play in relation to conscious and unconscious thought.

Freud compared the relationship between the ego and the id to that between a charioteer and his horses: the horses provide the energy and drive, while the charioteer provides direction.[160]

Life and death drives
Main articles: Libido, Death drive, and Repetition compulsion

Freud believed that the human psyche is subject to two conflicting drives: the life drive or libido and the death drive. The life drive was also termed “Eros” and the death drive “Thanatos”, although Freud did not use the latter term; “Thanatos” was introduced in this context by Paul Federn.[163][164] Freud hypothesized that libido is a form of mental energy with which processes, structures and object-representations are invested.[165]

In Beyond the Pleasure Principle (1920), Freud inferred the existence of a death drive. Its premise was a regulatory principle that has been described as “the principle of psychic inertia”, “the Nirvana principle”,[166] and “the conservatism of instinct”. Its background was Freud’s earlier Project for a Scientific Psychology, where he had defined the principle governing the mental apparatus as its tendency to divest itself of quantity or to reduce tension to zero. Freud had been obliged to abandon that definition, since it proved adequate only to the most rudimentary kinds of mental functioning, and replaced the idea that the apparatus tends toward a level of zero tension with the idea that it tends toward a minimum level of tension.[167]

Freud in effect readopted the original definition in Beyond the Pleasure Principle, this time applying it to a different principle. He asserted that on certain occasions the mind acts as though it could eliminate tension entirely, or in effect to reduce itself to a state of extinction; his key evidence for this was the existence of the compulsion to repeat. Examples of such repetition included the dream life of traumatic neurotics and children’s play. In the phenomenon of repetition, Freud saw a psychic trend to work over earlier impressions, to master them and derive pleasure from them, a trend that was prior to the pleasure principle but not opposed to it. In addition to that trend, there was also a principle at work that was opposed to, and thus “beyond” the pleasure principle. If repetition is a necessary element in the binding of energy or adaptation, when carried to inordinate lengths it becomes a means of abandoning adaptations and reinstating earlier or less evolved psychic positions. By combining this idea with the hypothesis that all repetition is a form of discharge, Freud reached the conclusion that the compulsion to repeat is an effort to restore a state that is both historically primitive and marked by the total draining of energy: death.[167] Such an explanation has been defined by some scholars as “metaphysical biology”.[168]


In his 1917 essay “Mourning and Melancholia”, Freud drew a distinction between mourning, painful but an inevitable part of life, and “melancholia”, his term for pathological refusal of a mourner to “decathect” from the lost one. Freud claimed that, in normal mourning, the ego was responsible for narcissistically detaching the libido from the lost one as a means of self-preservation, but that in “melancholia”, prior ambivalence towards the lost one prevents this from occurring. Suicide, Freud hypothesized, could result in extreme cases, when unconscious feelings of conflict became directed against the mourner’s own ego.[169][170]

Femininity and female sexuality

Initiating what became the first debate within psychoanalysis on femininity, Karen Horney of the Berlin Institute set out to challenge Freud’s account of the development of feminine sexuality. Rejecting Freud’s theories of the feminine castration complex and penis envy, Horney argued for a primary femininity and penis envy as a defensive formation rather than arising from the fact, or “injury”, of biological asymmetry as Freud held. Horney had the influential support of Melanie Klein and Ernest Jones who coined the term “phallocentrism” in his critique of Freud’s position.[171]

In defending Freud against this critique, feminist scholar Jacqueline Rose has argued that it presupposes a more normative account of female sexual development than that given by Freud. She notes that Freud moved from a description of the little girl stuck with her ‘inferiority’ or ‘injury’ in the face of the anatomy of the little boy to an account in his later work which explicitly describes the process of becoming ‘feminine’ as an ‘injury’ or ‘catastrophe’ for the complexity of her earlier psychic and sexual life.[172]

According to Freud, “Elimination of clitoral sexuality is a necessary precondition for the development of femininity, since it is immature and masculine in its nature.”[173] Freud postulated the concept of “vaginal orgasm” as separate from clitoral orgasm, achieved by external stimulation of the clitoris. In 1905, he stated that clitoral orgasms are purely an adolescent phenomenon and that, upon reaching puberty, the proper response of mature women is a change-over to vaginal orgasms, meaning orgasms without any clitoral stimulation. This theory has been criticized on the grounds that Freud provided no evidence for this basic assumption, and because it made many women feel inadequate when they could not achieve orgasm via vaginal intercourse alone.[174][175][176][177]

Main article: Freud and religion

Freud regarded the monotheistic God as an illusion based upon the infantile emotional need for a powerful, supernatural pater familias. He maintained that religion – once necessary to restrain man’s violent nature in the early stages of civilization – in modern times, can be set aside in favor of reason and science.[178] “Obsessive Actions and Religious Practices” (1907) notes the likeness between faith (religious belief) and neurotic obsession.[179]Totem and Taboo (1913) proposes that society and religion begin with the patricide and eating of the powerful paternal figure, who then becomes a revered collective memory.[180] These arguments were further developed in The Future of an Illusion (1927) in which Freud argued that religious belief serves the function of psychological consolation. Freud argues the belief of a supernatural protector serves as a buffer from man’s “fear of nature” just as the belief in an afterlife serves as a buffer from man’s fear of death. The core idea of the work is that all of religious belief can be explained through its function to society, not for its relation to the truth. This is why, according to Freud, religious beliefs are “illusions”. In Civilization and Its Discontents (1930), he quotes his friend Romain Rolland, who described religion as an “oceanic sensation”, but says he never experienced this feeling.[181]Moses and Monotheism (1937) proposes that Moses was the tribal pater familias, killed by the Jews, who psychologically coped with the patricide with a reaction formation conducive to their establishing monotheist Judaism;[182] analogously, he described the Roman Catholic rite of Holy Communion as cultural evidence of the killing and devouring of the sacred father.[114][183]

Moreover, he perceived religion, with its suppression of violence, as mediator of the societal and personal, the public and the private, conflicts between Eros and Thanatos, the forces of life and death.[184] Later works indicate Freud’s pessimism about the future of civilization, which he noted in the 1931 edition of Civilization and its Discontents.[185]

In a footnote of his 1909 work, Analysis of a Phobia in a Five year old Boy, Freud theorized that the universal fear of castration was provoked in the uncircumcised when they perceived circumcision and that this was “the deepest unconscious root of anti-Semitism”.[186]


The 1971 Sigmund Freud memorial in Hampstead, North London, by Oscar Nemon, is located near to where Sigmund and Anna Freud lived, now the Freud Museum. The building behind the statue is the Tavistock Clinic, a major psychological health care institution.

Freud’s legacy, though a highly contested area of controversy, was described by Stephen Frosh as “one of the strongest influences on twentieth-century thought, its impact comparable only to that of Darwinism and Marxism.”[187] Henri Ellenberger stated that its range of influence permeated “all the fields of culture … so far as to change our way of life and concept of man.”[188]


Though not the first methodology in the practice of individual verbal psychotherapy,[189] Freud’s psychoanalytic system came to dominate the field from early in the twentieth century, forming the basis for many later variants. While these systems have adopted different theories and techniques, all have followed Freud by attempting to achieve psychic and behavioral change through having patients talk about their difficulties.[4] Psychoanalysis is not as influential as it once was in Europe and the United States, though in some parts of the world, notably Latin America, its influence in the later 20th century expanded substantially. Psychoanalysis also remains influential within many contemporary schools of psychotherapy and has led to innovative therapeutic work in schools and with families and groups.[190] There is a substantial body of research which demonstrates the efficacy of the clinical methods of psychoanalysis[191] and of related psychodynamic therapies in treating a wide range of psychological disorders.[192]

The neo-Freudians, a group including Alfred Adler, Otto Rank, Karen Horney, Harry Stack Sullivan and Erich Fromm, rejected Freud’s theory of instinctual drive, emphasized interpersonal relations and self-assertiveness, and made modifications to therapeutic practice that reflected these theoretical shifts. Adler originated the approach, although his influence was indirect due to his inability to systematically formulate his ideas. Neo-Freudian analysis places more emphasis on the patient’s relationship with the analyst and less on exploration of the unconscious.[193]

Carl Jung believed that the collective unconscious, which reflects the cosmic order and the history of the human species, is the most important part of the mind. It contains archetypes, which are manifested in symbols that appear in dreams, disturbed states of mind, and various products of culture. Jungians are less interested in infantile development and psychological conflict between wishes and the forces that frustrate them than in integration between different parts of the person. The object of Jungian therapy was to mend such splits. Jung focused in particular on problems of middle and later life. His objective was to allow people to experience the split-off aspects of themselves, such as the anima (a man’s suppressed female self), the animus (a woman’s suppressed male self), or the shadow (an inferior self-image), and thereby attain wisdom.[193]

Jacques Lacan approached psychoanalysis through linguistics and literature. Lacan believed Freud’s essential work had been done prior to 1905 and concerned the interpretation of dreams, neurotic symptoms, and slips, which had been based on a revolutionary way of understanding language and its relation to experience and subjectivity, and that ego psychology and object relations theory were based upon misreadings of Freud’s work. For Lacan, the determinative dimension of human experience is neither the self (as in ego psychology) nor relations with others (as in object relations theory), but language. Lacan saw desire as more important than need and considered it necessarily ungratifiable.[194]

Wilhelm Reich developed ideas that Freud had developed at the beginning of his psychoanalytic investigation but then superseded but never finally discarded. These were the concept of the Actualneurosis and a theory of anxiety based upon the idea of dammed-up libido. In Freud’s original view, what really happened to a person (the “actual”) determined the resulting neurotic disposition. Freud applied that idea both to infants and to adults. In the former case, seductions were sought as the causes of later neuroses and in the latter incomplete sexual release. Unlike Freud, Reich retained the idea that actual experience, especially sexual experience, was of key significance. By the 1920s, Reich had “taken Freud’s original ideas about sexual release to the point of specifying the orgasm as the criteria of healthy function.” Reich was also “developing his ideas about character into a form that would later take shape, first as “muscular armour”, and eventually as a transducer of universal biological energy, the “orgone”.”[193]

Fritz Perls, who helped to develop Gestalt therapy, was influenced by Reich, Jung and Freud. The key idea of gestalt therapy is that Freud overlooked the structure of awareness, “an active process that moves toward the construction of organized meaningful wholes … between an organism and its environment.” These wholes, called gestalts, are “patterns involving all the layers of organismic function – thought, feeling, and activity.” Neurosis is seen as splitting in the formation of gestalts, and anxiety as the organism sensing “the struggle towards its creative unification.” Gestalt therapy attempts to cure patients through placing them in contact with “immediate organismic needs.” Perls rejected the verbal approach of classical psychoanalysis; talking in gestalt therapy serves the purpose of self-expression rather than gaining self-knowledge. Gestalt therapy usually takes place in groups, and in concentrated “workshops” rather than being spread out over a long period of time; it has been extended into new forms of communal living.[193]

Arthur Janov’s primal therapy, which has been an influential post-Freudian psychotherapy, resembles psychoanalytic therapy in its emphasis on early childhood experience, but has also differences with it. While Janov’s theory is akin to Freud’s early idea of Actualneurosis, he does not have a dynamic psychology but a nature psychology like that of Reich or Perls, in which need is primary while wish is derivative and dispensable when need is met. Despite its surface similarity to Freud’s ideas, Janov’s theory lacks a strictly psychological account of the unconscious and belief in infantile sexuality. While for Freud there was a hierarchy of danger situations, for Janov the key event in the child’s life is awareness that the parents do not love it.[193] Janov writes in The Primal Scream (1970) that primal therapy has in some ways returned to Freud’s early ideas and techniques.[195]

Ellen Bass and Laura Davis, co-authors of The Courage to Heal (1988), are described as “champions of survivorship” by Frederick Crews, who considers Freud the key influence upon them, although in his view they are indebted not to classic psychoanalysis but to “the pre-psychoanalytic Freud … who supposedly took pity on his hysterical patients, found that they were all harboring memories of early abuse … and cured them by unknotting their repression.” Crews sees Freud as having anticipated the recovered memory movement by emphasizing “mechanical cause-and-effect relations between symptomatology and the premature stimulation of one body zone or another”, and with pioneering its “technique of thematically matching a patient’s symptom with a sexually symmetrical ‘memory.'” Crews believes that Freud’s confidence in accurate recall of early memories anticipates the theories of recovered memory therapists such as Lenore Terr, which in his view have led to people being wrongfully imprisoned or involved in litigation.[196]


Research projects designed to test Freud’s theories empirically have led to a vast literature on the topic.[197] American psychologists began to attempt to study repression in the experimental laboratory around 1930. In 1934, when the psychologist Saul Rosenzweig sent Freud reprints of his attempts to study repression, Freud responded with a dismissive letter stating that “the wealth of reliable observations” on which psychoanalytic assertions were based made them “independent of experimental verification.”[198] Seymour Fisher and Roger P. Greenberg concluded in 1977 that some of Freud’s concepts were supported by empirical evidence. Their analysis of research literature supported Freud’s concepts of oral and anal personality constellations, his account of the role of Oedipal factors in certain aspects of male personality functioning, his formulations about the relatively greater concern about loss of love in women’s as compared to men’s personality economy, and his views about the instigating effects of homosexual anxieties on the formation of paranoid delusions. They also found limited and equivocal support for Freud’s theories about the development of homosexuality. They found that several of Freud’s other theories, including his portrayal of dreams as primarily containers of secret, unconscious wishes, as well as some of his views about the psychodynamics of women, were either not supported or contradicted by research. Reviewing the issues again in 1996, they concluded that much experimental data relevant to Freud’s work exists, and supports some of his major ideas and theories.[199]

Other viewpoints include those of Hans Eysenck, who writes in Decline and Fall of the Freudian Empire (1985) that Freud set back the study of psychology and psychiatry “by something like fifty years or more”,[200] and Malcolm Macmillan, who concludes in Freud Evaluated (1991) that “Freud’s method is not capable of yielding objective data about mental processes”.[201] Morris Eagle states that it has been “demonstrated quite conclusively that because of the epistemologically contaminated status of clinical data derived from the clinical situation, such data have questionable probative value in the testing of psychoanalytic hypotheses”.[202]Richard Webster, in Why Freud Was Wrong (1995), described psychoanalysis as perhaps the most complex and successful pseudoscience in history.[203] Crews believes that psychoanalysis has no scientific or therapeutic merit.[204]

I.B. Cohen regards Freud’s Interpretation of Dreams as a revolutionary work of science, the last such work to be published in book form.[205]
In contrast Allan Hobson believes that Freud, by rhetorically discrediting 19th century investigators of dreams such as Alfred Maury and the Marquis de Hervey de Saint-Denis at a time when study of the physiology of the brain was only beginning, interrupted the development of scientific dream theory for half a century.[206] The dream researcher G. William Domhoff has disputed claims of Freudian dream theory being validated.[207]

Karl Popper argued that Freud’s psychoanalytic theories were unfalsifiable.

The philosopher Karl Popper, who argued that all proper scientific theories must be potentially falsifiable, claimed that Freud’s Psychoanalytic Theories were presented in unfalsifiable form, meaning that no experiment could ever disprove them.[208] The philosopher Adolf Grünbaum argues in The Foundations of Psychoanalysis (1984) that Popper was mistaken and that many of Freud’s theories are empirically testable, a position with which others such as Eysenck agree.[209][210] The philosopher Roger Scruton, writing in Sexual Desire (1986), also rejected Popper’s arguments, pointing to the theory of repression as an example of a Freudian theory that does have testable consequences. Scruton nevertheless concluded that psychoanalysis is not genuinely scientific, on the grounds that it involves an unacceptable dependence on metaphor.[211] The philosopher Donald Levy agrees with Grünbaum that Freud’s theories are falsifiable but disputes Grünbaum’s contention that therapeutic success is only the empirical basis on which they stand or fall, arguing that a much wider range of empirical evidence can be adduced if clinical case material is taken into consideration.[212]

In a study of psychoanalysis in the United States, Nathan Hale reported on the “decline of psychoanalysis in psychiatry” during the years 1965–1985.[213] The continuation of this trend was noted by Alan Stone: “As academic psychology becomes more ‘scientific’ and psychiatry more biological, psychoanalysis is being brushed aside.”[214] Paul Stepansky, while noting that psychoanalysis remains influential in the humanities, records the “vanishingly small number of psychiatric residents who choose to pursue psychoanalytic training” and the “nonanalytic backgrounds of psychiatric chairpersons at major universities” among the evidence he cites for his conclusion that “Such historical trends attest to the marginalisation of psychoanalysis within American psychiatry.”[215] Nonetheless Freud was ranked as the third most cited psychologist of the 20th century, according to a Review of General Psychology survey of American psychologists and psychology texts, published in 2002.[216] It is also claimed that in moving beyond the “orthodoxy of the not so distant past … new ideas and new research has led to an intense reawakening of interest in psychoanalysis from neighbouring disciplines ranging from the humanities to neuroscience and including the non-analytic therapies”.[217]

Research in the emerging field of neuropsychoanalysis, founded by neuroscientist and psychoanalyst Mark Solms,[218] has proved controversial with some psychoanalysts criticising the very concept itself.[219] Solms and his colleagues have argued for neuro-scientific findings being “broadly consistent” with Freudian theories pointing out brain structures relating to Freudian concepts such as libido, drives, the unconscious, and repression.[220][221] Neuroscientists who have endorsed Freud’s work include David Eagleman who believes that Freud “transformed psychiatry” by providing ” the first exploration of the way in which hidden states of the brain participate in driving thought and behavior”[222] and Nobel laureate Eric Kandel who argues that “psychoanalysis still represents the most coherent and intellectually satisfying view of the mind.”[223]

See also: Freudo-Marxism
Herbert Marcuse saw similarities between psychoanalysis and Marxism.

Psychoanalysis has been interpreted as both radical and conservative. By the 1940s, it had come to be seen as conservative by the European and American intellectual community. Critics outside the psychoanalytic movement, whether on the political left or right, saw Freud as a conservative. Fromm had argued that several aspects of psychoanalytic theory served the interests of political reaction in his The Fear of Freedom (1942), an assessment confirmed by sympathetic writers on the right. In Freud: The Mind of the Moralist (1959), Philip Rieff portrayed Freud as a man who urged men to make the best of an inevitably unhappy fate, and admirable for that reason. In the 1950s, Herbert Marcuse challenged the then prevailing interpretation of Freud as a conservative in Eros and Civilization (1955), as did Lionel Trilling in Freud and the Crisis of Our Culture and Norman O. Brown in Life Against Death (1959).[224]Eros and Civilization helped make the idea that Freud and Karl Marx were addressing similar questions from different perspectives credible to the left. Marcuse criticized neo-Freudian revisionism for discarding seemingly pessimistic theories such as the death instinct, arguing that they could be turned in a utopian direction. Freud’s theories also influenced the Frankfurt School and critical theory as a whole.[225]

Freud has been compared to Marx by Reich, who saw Freud’s importance for psychiatry as parallel to that of Marx for economics,[226] and by Paul Robinson, who sees Freud as a revolutionary whose contributions to twentieth century thought are comparable in importance to Marx’s contributions to nineteenth century thought.[227] Fromm calls Freud, Marx, and Einstein the “architects of the modern age”, but rejects the idea that Marx and Freud were equally significant, arguing that Marx was both far more historically important and a finer thinker. Fromm nevertheless credits Freud with permanently changing the way human nature is understood.[228]Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari write in Anti-Oedipus (1972) that psychoanalysis resembles the Russian Revolution in that it became corrupted almost from the beginning. They believe this began with Freud’s development of the theory of the Oedipus complex, which they see as idealist.[229]

Jean-Paul Sartre critiques Freud’s theory of the unconscious in Being and Nothingness (1943), claiming that consciousness is essentially self-conscious. Sartre also attempts to adapt some of Freud’s ideas to his own account of human life, and thereby develop an “existential psychoanalysis” in which causal categories are replaced by teleological categories.[230]Maurice Merleau-Ponty considers Freud to be one of the anticipators of phenomenology,[231] while Theodor W. Adorno considers Edmund Husserl, the founder of phenomenology, to be Freud’s philosophical opposite, writing that Husserl’s polemic against psychologism could have been directed against psychoanalysis.[232]Paul Ricœur sees Freud as one of the three “masters of suspicion”, alongside Marx and Nietzsche,[233] for their unmasking ‘the lies and illusions of consciousness’.[234] Ricœur and Jürgen Habermas have helped create a “hermeneutic version of Freud”, one which “claimed him as the most significant progenitor of the shift from an objectifying, empiricist understanding of the human realm to one stressing subjectivity and interpretation.”[235]Louis Althusser drew on Freud’s concept of overdetermination for his reinterpretation of Marx’s Capital.[236]Jean-François Lyotard developed a theory of the unconscious that reverses Freud’s account of the dream-work: for Lyotard, the unconscious is a force whose intensity is manifest via disfiguration rather than condensation.[237]Jacques Derrida finds Freud to be both a late figure in the history of western metaphysics and, with Nietzsche and Heidegger, a precursor of his own brand of radicalism.[238]

Several scholars see Freud as parallel to Plato, writing that they hold nearly the same theory of dreams and have similar theories of the tripartite structure of the human soul or personality, even if the hierarchy between the parts of the soul is almost reversed.[239][240]Ernest Gellner argues that Freud’s theories are an inversion of Plato’s. Whereas Plato saw a hierarchy inherent in the nature of reality, and relied upon it to validate norms, Freud was a naturalist who could not follow such an approach. Both men’s theories drew a parallel between the structure of the human mind and that of society, but while Plato wanted to strengthen the super-ego, which corresponded to the aristocracy, Freud wanted to strengthen the ego, which corresponded to the middle class.[241]Paul Vitz compares Freudian psychoanalysis to Thomism, noting St. Thomas’s belief in the existence of an “unconscious consciousness” and his “frequent use of the word and concept ‘libido’ – sometimes in a more specific sense than Freud, but always in a manner in agreement with the Freudian use.” Vitz suggests that Freud may have been unaware his theory of the unconscious was reminiscent of Aquinas.[30]

Literature and literary criticism

The poem “In Memory of Sigmund Freud” was published by British poet W. H. Auden in his 1940 collection Another Time. Auden describes Freud as having created “a whole climate of opinion / under whom we conduct our different lives.”[242][243]

Literary critic Harold Bloom has been influenced by Freud.[244]Camille Paglia has also been influenced by Freud, whom she calls “Nietzsche’s heir” and one of the greatest sexual psychologists in literature, but has rejected the scientific status of his work in her Sexual Personae (1990), writing, “Freud has no rivals among his successors because they think he wrote science, when in fact he wrote art.”[245]

Betty Friedan criticizes Freud’s view of women in her 1963 book The Feminine Mystique.[246]

The decline in Freud’s reputation has been attributed partly to the revival of feminism.[247]Simone de Beauvoir criticizes psychoanalysis from an existentialist standpoint in The Second Sex (1949), arguing that Freud saw an “original superiority” in the male that is in reality socially induced.[248]Betty Friedan criticizes Freud and what she considered his Victorian view of women in The Feminine Mystique (1963).[246] Freud’s concept of penis envy was attacked by Kate Millett, who in Sexual Politics (1970) accused him of confusion and oversights.[249] In 1968, the US-American feminist Anne Koedt wrote in her essay The Myth of the Vaginal Orgasm: “It was Freud’s feelings about women’s secondary and inferior relationship to men that formed the basis for his theories on female sexuality. Once having laid down the law about the nature of our sexuality, Freud not so strangely discovered a tremendous problem of frigidity in women. His recommended cure for a woman who was frigid was psychiatric care. She was suffering from failure to mentally adjust to her ‘natural’ role as a woman.”[250]Naomi Weisstein writes that Freud and his followers erroneously thought his “years of intensive clinical experience” added up to scientific rigor.[251]

Freud is also criticized by Shulamith Firestone and Eva Figes. In The Dialectic of Sex (1970), Firestone argues that Freud was a “poet” who produced metaphors rather than literal truths; in her view, Freud, like feminists, recognized that sexuality was the crucial problem of modern life, but ignored the social context and failed to question society itself. Firestone interprets Freud’s “metaphors” in terms of the facts of power within the family. Figes tries in Patriarchal Attitudes (1970) to place Freud within a “history of ideas”. Juliet Mitchell defends Freud against his feminist critics in Psychoanalysis and Feminism (1974), accusing them of misreading him and misunderstanding the implications of psychoanalytic theory for feminism. Mitchell helped introduce English-speaking feminists to Lacan.[248] Mitchell is criticized by Jane Gallop in The Daughter’s Seduction (1982). Gallop compliments Mitchell for her criticism of feminist discussions of Freud, but finds her treatment of Lacanian theory lacking.[252]

Some French feminists, among them Julia Kristeva and Luce Irigaray, have been influenced by Freud as interpreted by Lacan.[253] Irigaray has produced a theoretical challenge to Freud and Lacan, using their theories against them to put forward a “psychoanalytic explanation for theoretical bias”. Irigaray, who claims that “the cultural unconscious only recognizes the male sex”, describes how this affects “accounts of the psychology of women”.[254]

Psychologist Carol Gilligan writes that “The penchant of developmental theorists to project a masculine image, and one that appears frightening to women, goes back at least to Freud.” She sees Freud’s criticism of women’s sense of justice reappearing in the work of Jean Piaget and Lawrence Kohlberg. Gilligan notes that Nancy Chodorow, in contrast to Freud, attributes sexual difference not to anatomy but to the fact that male and female children have different early social environments. Chodorow, writing against the masculine bias of psychoanalysis, “replaces Freud’s negative and derivative description of female psychology with a positive and direct account of her own.”[255]

Toril Moi has developed a feminist perspective on psychoanalysis proposing that it is a discourse that “attempts to understand the psychic consequences of three universal traumas: the fact that there are others, the fact of sexual difference, and the fact of death”.[256] She replaces Freud’s term of castration with Stanley Cavell’s concept of “victimization” which is a more universal term that applies equally to both sexes.[257] Moi regards this concept of human finitude as a suitable replacement for both castration and sexual difference as the traumatic “discovery of our separate, sexed, mortal existence” and how both men and women come to terms with it.[258]

In popular culture

Sigmund Freud is the subject of three major films or TV series, the first of which was 1962’s Freud: The Secret Passion starring Montgomery Clift as Freud, directed by John Huston from a revision of a script by an uncredited Jean-Paul Sartre. The film is focused on Freud’s early life from 1885 to 1890, and combines multiple case studies of Freud into single ones, and multiple friends of his into single characters.[259]

In 1984, the BBC produced the 6-episode mini-series Freud: the Life of a Dream starring David Suchet in the lead role.[260]

The stage play The Talking Cure and subsequent film A Dangerous Method focus on the conflict between Freud and Carl Jung. Both are written by Christopher Hampton and are partly based on the non-fiction book A Most Dangerous Method by John Kerr. Viggo Mortensen plays Freud and Michael Fassbender plays Jung. The play is a reworking of an earlier unfilmed screenplay.[261]

More fanciful employments of Freud in fiction are The Seven-Per-Cent Solution by Nicholas Meyer, which centers on an encounter between Freud and the fictional detective Sherlock Holmes, with a main part of the plot seeing Freud helping Holmes overcome his cocaine addiction.[262] Similarly, the 2020 Austrian-German series Freud involves a young Freud solving murder mysteries.[263] The series has been criticized for having Freud be helped by a medium with real paranormal powers, when in reality Freud was quite skeptical of the paranormal.[264][265]

Mark St. Germain’s 2009 play Freud’s Last Session imagines a meeting between C. S. Lewis, aged 40, and Freud, aged 83, at Freud’s house in Hampstead, London, in 1939, as the Second World War is about to break out. The play is focused on the two men discussing religion and whether it should be seen as a sign of neurosis.[266] The play is inspired by the 2003 non-fiction book The Question of God: C.S. Lewis and Sigmund Freud Debate God, Love, Sex, and the Meaning of Life by Armand Nicholi which also inspired a four-part non-fiction PBS series.[267][268] (Although, no such meeting took place, June Flewett, who as a teenager stayed with C.S. Lewis and his brother during the wartime London air-raids, later married Freud’s grandson Clement Freud.)[269]

Freud is employed to more comic effect in the 1983 film Lovesick in which Alec Guinness plays Freud’s ghost who gives love advice to a modern psychiatrist played by Dudley Moore.[270] Freud is also presented in a comedic light in the 1989 film, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure. Portrayed by Rod Loomis, Freud is one of several historical figures recruited by the film’s time traveling lead characters to assist them in passing their high school history class presentation.[271]

Canadian author Kim Morrissey’s stage play about the Dora case Dora: A Case of Hysteria attempts to thoroughly debunk Freud’s approach to the case.[272] French playwright Hélène Cixous’ 1976 Portrait of Dora is also critical of Freud’s approach, though less acerbically.[273]


Main article: Sigmund Freud bibliography
1891 On Aphasia
1895 Studies on Hysteria (co-authored with Josef Breuer)
1899 The Interpretation of Dreams
1901 On Dreams (abridged version of The Interpretation of Dreams)
1904 The Psychopathology of Everyday Life
1905 Jokes and Their Relation to the Unconscious
1905 Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality
1907 Delusion and Dream in Jensen’s Gradiva
1910 Five Lectures on Psycho-Analysis
1910 Leonardo da Vinci, A Memory of His Childhood
1913 Totem and Taboo: Resemblances between the Psychic Lives of Savages and Neurotics
1915–17 Introductory Lectures on Psycho-Analysis
1920 Beyond the Pleasure Principle
1921 Group Psychology and the Analysis of the Ego
1923 The Ego and the Id
1926 Inhibitions, Symptoms and Anxiety
1926 The Question of Lay Analysis
1927 The Future of an Illusion
1930 Civilization and Its Discontents
1933 New Introductory Lectures on Psycho-Analysis
1939 Moses and Monotheism
1940 An Outline of Psychoanalysis
1967 Thomas Woodrow Wilson: A Psychological Study, with William C. BullitCase histories
1905 Fragment of an Analysis of a Case of Hysteria (the Dora case history)
1909 Analysis of a Phobia in a Five-Year-Old Boy (the Little Hans case history)
1909 Notes upon a Case of Obsessional Neurosis (the Rat Man case history)
1911 Psycho-Analytic Notes on an Autobiographical Account of a Case of Paranoia (the Schreber case)
1918 From the History of an Infantile Neurosis (the Wolfman case history)
1920 The Psychogenesis of a Case of Homosexuality in a Woman[274]
1923 A Seventeenth-Century Demonological Neurosis (the Haizmann case)Papers on sexuality
1906 My Views on the Part Played by Sexuality in the Aetiology of the Neuroses
1908 “Civilized” Sexual Morality and Modern Nervous Illness
1910 A Special Type of Choice of Object made by Men
1912 Types of Onset of Neurosis
1912 The Most Prevalent Form of Degradation in Erotic Life
1913 The Disposition to Obsessional Neurosis
1915 A Case of Paranoia Running Counter to the Psycho-Analytic Theory of the Disease
1919 A Child is Being Beaten: A Contribution to the Origin of Sexual Perversions
1922 Medusa’s Head
1922 Some Neurotic Mechanisms in Jealousy, Paranoia and Homosexuality
1923 Infantile Genital Organisation
1924 The Dissolution of the Oedipus Complex
1925 Some Psychical Consequences of the Anatomical Distinction between the Sexes
1927 Fetishism
1931 Female Sexuality
1938 The Splitting of the Ego in the Process of DefenceAutobiographical papers
1899 An Autobiographical Note
1914 On the History of the Psychoanalytic Movement
1925 An Autobiographical Study (1935 Revised edition with Postscript).The Standard Edition

The Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud. Translated from the German under the general editorship of James Strachey, in collaboration with Anna Freud, assisted by Alix Strachey, Alan Tyson, and Angela Richards. 24 volumes, London: Hogarth Press and the Institute of Psycho-Analysis, 1953–1974.

Vol. I Pre-Psycho-Analytic Publications and Unpublished Drafts (1886–1899).
Vol. II Studies in Hysteria (1893–1895). By Josef Breuer and S. Freud.
Vol. III Early Psycho-Analytic Publications (1893–1899)
Vol. IV The Interpretation of Dreams (I) (1900)
Vol. V The Interpretation of Dreams (II) and On Dreams (1900–1901)
Vol. VI The Psychopathology of Everyday Life (1901)
Vol. VII A Case of Hysteria, Three Essays on Sexuality and Other Works (1901–1905)
Vol. VIII Jokes and their Relation to the Unconscious (1905)
Vol. IX Jensen’s ‘Gradiva,’ and Other Works (1906–1909)
Vol. X The Cases of ‘Little Hans’ and the Rat Man’ (1909)
Vol. XI Five Lectures on Psycho-Analysis, Leonardo and Other Works (1910)
Vol. XII The Case of Schreber, Papers on Technique and Other Works (1911–1913)
Vol. XIII Totem and Taboo and Other Works (1913–1914)
Vol. XIV on the History of the Psycho-Analytic Movement, Papers on Meta-psychology and Other Works (1914–1916)
Vol. XV Introductory Lectures on Psycho-Analysis (Parts I and II) (1915–1916)
Vol. XVI Introductory Lectures on Psycho-Analysis (Part III) (1916–1917)
Vol. XVII An Infantile Neurosis and Other Works (1917–1919)
Vol. XVIII Beyond the Pleasure Principle, Group Psychology and Other Works (1920–1922)
Vol. XIX The Ego and the Id and Other Works (1923–1925)
Vol. XX An Autobiographical Study, Inhibitions, Symptoms and Anxiety, Lay Analysis and Other Works (1925–1926)
Vol. XXI The Future of an Illusion, Civilization and its Discontents and Other Works (1927–1931)
Vol. XXII New Introductory Lectures on Psycho-Analysis and Other Works (1932–1936)
Vol. XXIII Moses and Monotheism, An Outline of Psycho-Analysis and Other Works (1937–1939)
Vol. XXIV Indexes and Bibliographies (Compiled by Angela Richards,1974)


Selected Letters of Sigmund Freud to Martha Bernays, Ansh Mehta and Ankit Patel (eds), CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2015. ISBN 978-1-5151-3703-0
Correspondence: Sigmund Freud, Anna Freud, Cambridge: Polity 2014. ISBN 978-0-7456-4149-2
The Letters of Sigmund Freud and Otto Rank: Inside Psychoanalysis (eds. E.J. Lieberman and Robert Kramer). Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012.
The Complete Letters of Sigmund Freud to Wilhelm Fliess, 1887–1904, (editor and translator Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson), 1985, ISBN 978-0-674-15420-9
The Sigmund Freud Carl Gustav Jung Letters, Publisher: Princeton University Press; Abr edition, 1994, ISBN 978-0-691-03643-4
The Complete Correspondence of Sigmund Freud and Karl Abraham, 1907–1925, Publisher: Karnac Books, 2002, ISBN 978-1-85575-051-7
The Complete Correspondence of Sigmund Freud and Ernest Jones, 1908–1939., Belknap Press, Harvard University Press, 1995, ISBN 978-0-674-15424-7
The Sigmund Freud – Ludwig Binswanger Correspondence 1908–1939, London: Other Press 2003, ISBN 1-892746-32-8
The Correspondence of Sigmund Freud and Sándor Ferenczi, Volume 1, 1908–1914, Belknap Press, Harvard University Press, 1994, ISBN 978-0-674-17418-4
The Correspondence of Sigmund Freud and Sándor Ferenczi, Volume 2, 1914–1919, Belknap Press, Harvard University Press, 1996, ISBN 978-0-674-17419-1
The Correspondence of Sigmund Freud and Sándor Ferenczi, Volume 3, 1920–1933, Belknap Press, Harvard University Press, 2000, ISBN 978-0-674-00297-5
The Letters of Sigmund Freud to Eduard Silberstein, 1871–1881, Belknap Press, Harvard University Press, ISBN 978-0-674-52828-4
Psycho-Analysis and Faith: The Letters of Sigmund Freud and Oskar Pfister. Trans. Eric Mosbacher. Heinrich Meng and Ernst L. Freud. eds London: Hogarth Press and the Institute of Psycho-Analysis, 1963.
Sigmund Freud and Lou Andreas-Salome; Letters, Publisher: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich; 1972, ISBN 978-0-15-133490-2
The Letters of Sigmund Freud and Arnold Zweig, Publisher: New York University Press, 1987, ISBN 978-0-8147-2585-6
Letters of Sigmund Freud – selected and edited by Ernst Ludwig Freud, Publisher: New York: Basic Books, 1960, ISBN 978-0-486-27105-7

See also

The Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud
Sigmund Freud Archives
Freud Museum (London)
Sigmund Freud Museum (Vienna)
A Clinical Lesson at the Salpêtrière
Freudian slip
School of Brentano
Hedgehog’s dilemma
Hidden personality
Histrionic personality disorder
Psychoanalytic literary criticism
Saul Rosenzweig
Signorelli parapraxis
The Freudian Coverup
The Passions of the Mind


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^ Mannoni, Octave, Freud: The Theory of the Unconscious, London: Verso 2015 [1971], pp. 146–47.

^ For its efficacy and the influence of psychoanalysis on psychiatry and psychotherapy, see The Challenge to Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, Chapter 9, Psychoanalysis and Psychiatry: A Changing Relationship Archived 6 June 2009 at the Wayback Machine by Robert Michels, 1999 and Tom Burns Our Necessary Shadow: The Nature and Meaning of Psychiatry London: Allen Lane 2013 pp. 96–97.
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^ Jones, Ernest (1964) Sigmund Freud: Life and Work. Edited and abridged by Lionel Trilling and Stephen Marcus. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books p. 37.

^ Hothersall 2004, p. 276.

^ Hothersall 1995

^ See “past studies of eels” and references therein.

^ Costandi, Mo (10 March 2014). “Freud was a pioneering neuroscientist”. The Guardian. Retrieved 16 May 2018.In this period he published three papers:
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Freud, Sigmund (April 1884). “A New Histological Method for the Study of Nerve-Tracts in the Brain and Spinal Cord”. Brain. 7 (1): 86–88. doi:10.1093/brain/7.1.86.

^ Gay 2006 p. 36.

^ Sulloway 1992 [1979], p. 22.

^ Wallesch, Claus (2004). “History of Aphasia Freud as an aphasiologist”. Aphasiology. 18 (April): 389–399. doi:10.1080/02687030344000599. S2CID 144976195.

^ Gay 2006, pp. 42–47.

^ Peter J. Swales, “Freud, Minna Bernays and the Conquest of Rome: New Light on the Origins of Psychoanalysis”, The New American Review, Spring/Summer 1982, pp. 1–23, which also includes speculation over an abortion.
see Gay 2006, pp. 76, 752–53 for a sceptical rejoinder to Swales.
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^ Freud and Bonaparte 2009, pp. 238–39.

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^ Daniel Leader, Freud’s Footnotes, London, Faber, 2000, pp. 34–45.

^ Pigman, G.W. (1995). “Freud and the history of empathy”. The International Journal of Psycho-Analysis. 76 (Pt 2): 237–56. PMID 7628894.

^ Schopenhauer and Freud., Young C. – Brook A. (February 1994). “Schopenhauer and Freud”. Int J Psychoanal. A close study of Schopenhauer’s central work, ‘The World as Will and Representation’, reveals that a number of Freud’s most characteristic doctrines were first articulated by Schopenhauer. Schopenhauer’s concept of the will contains the foundations of what in Freud became the concepts of the unconscious and the id. Schopenhauer’s writings on madness anticipate Freud’s theory of repression and his first theory of the aetiology of neurosis. Schopenhauer’s work contains aspects of what become the theory of free association. And most importantly, Schopenhauer articulates major parts of the Freudian theory of sexuality. These correspondences raise some interesting questions about Freud’s denial that he even read Schopenhauer until late in life.

^ Paul Roazen, in Dufresne, Todd (ed). Returns of the French Freud: Freud, Lacan, and Beyond. New York and London: Routledge Press, 1997, pp. 13–15.

^ Gay 2006, p. 45.

^ Holt 1989, p. 242.

^ Bloom 1994, p. 346.

^ Robert, Marthe (1976) From Oedipus to Moses: Freud’s Jewish Identity New York: Anchor pp. 3–6.

^ Frosh, Stephen (2006) “Psychoanalysis and Judaism” in Black, David M.(ed) Psychoanalysis and Religion in the 21st Century, Hove: Routledge. pp. 205–06.

^ Freud had a small lithographic version of the painting, created by Eugène Pirodon (1824–1908), framed and hung on the wall of his Vienna rooms from 1886 to 1938. Once Freud reached England, it was immediately placed directly over the analytical couch in his London rooms.

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^ Mannoni, Octave, Freud: The Theory of the Unconscious, London: Verso 2015, pp. 40–41.

^ Sulloway 1992 [1979], pp. 142ff.

^ a b Masson, Jeffrey M. (1984) The Assault on Truth. Freud’s Suppression of the Seduction Theory. New York City: Farrar, Straus and Giroux,

^ Bonomi, Carlos (2015) The Cut and the Building of Psychoanalysis, Volume I: Sigmund Freud and Emma Eckstein. London: Routledge, p. 80.

^ Gay 2006, pp. 84–87, 154–56.

^ Schur, Max. “Some Additional ‘Day Residues’ of the Specimen Dream of Psychoanalysis.” In Psychoananalysis, A General Psychology, ed. R.M. Loewenstein et al. New York: International Universities Press, 1966, pp. 45–95.

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^ John Forrester, Introduction; Sigmund Freud (2006). Interpreting Dreams. Penguin Books Limited. p. 70. ISBN 978-0-14-191553-1. Affiliated Professor seems to me to be the best translation of professor extraordinarius, which position has the rank of full Professor, but without payment by the University.

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^ Stekel’s review appeared in 1902. In it, he declared that Freud’s work heralded “a new era in psychology”.Rose, Louis (1998). The Freudian Calling: Early Psychoanalysis and the Pursuit of Cultural Science. Detroit: Wayne State University Press. p. 52. ISBN 978-0-8143-2621-3.

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^ Three members of the Viennese Psychoanalytic Society resigned at the same time as Adler to establish the Society for Free Psychoanalysis. Six other members of the Viennese Psychoanalytic Society who attempted to retain links to both the Adlerian and Freudian camps were forced out after Freud insisted that they must choose one side or another. Makari, George (2008). Revolution in Mind: the Creation of Psychoanalysis (Australian ed.). Carlton, Vic.: Melbourne University Publishing. p. 262. ISBN 978-0-522-85480-0.

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Eissler, K.R. Freud and the Seduction Theory: A Brief Love Affair. Int. Univ. Press, 2005.
Eysenck, Hans. J. Decline and Fall of the Freudian Empire. Pelican Books, 1986.
Ford, Donald H. & Urban, Hugh B. Systems of Psychotherapy: A Comparative Study. John Wiley & Sons, Inc, 1965.
Freud, Sigmund (1896c). The Aetiology of Hysteria. Standard Edition 3.
Freud, Sigmund and Bonaparte, Marie (ed.). The Origins of Psychoanalysis. Letters to Wilhelm Fliess: Drafts and Notes 1887–1902. Kessinger Publishing, 2009.
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Gay, Peter. Freud: A Life for Our Time. W. W. Norton & Company, 2006 (first published 1988).
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Further reading

Brown, Norman O. Life Against Death: The Psychoanalytic Meaning of History. Hanover, NH: Wesleyan University Press, Second Edition 1985.
Cioffi, Frank. Freud and the Question of Pseudoscience. Peru, IL: Open Court, 1999.
Cole, J. Preston. The Problematic Self in Kierkegaard and Freud. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1971.
Crews, Frederick. The Memory Wars: Freud’s Legacy in Dispute. New York: The New York Review of Books, 1995.
Crews, Frederick. Unauthorized Freud: Doubters Confront a Legend. New York: Penguin Books, 1998.
Crews, Frederick. Freud: The Making of an Illusion. New York: Metropolitan Books, 2017. ISBN 978-1-62779-717-7
Dufresne, Todd. Killing Freud: Twentieth-Century Culture and the Death of Psychoanalysis. New York: Continuum, 2003.
Dufresne, Todd, ed. Against Freud: Critics Talk Back. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2007.
Ellenberger, Henri. Beyond the Unconscious: Essays of Henri F. Ellenberger in the History of Psychiatry. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1993.
Ellenberger, Henri. The Discovery of the Unconscious: The History and Evolution of Dynamic Psychiatry. New York: Basic Books, 1970.
Esterson, Allen. Seductive Mirage: An Exploration of the Work of Sigmund Freud. Chicago: Open Court, 1993.
Gay, Peter. Freud: A Life for Our Time. London: Papermac, 1988; 2nd revised hardcover edition, Little Books (1 May 2006), 864 pages, ISBN 978-1-904435-53-2; Reprint hardcover edition, W.W. Norton & Company (1988); trade paperback, W.W. Norton & Company (17 May 2006), 864 pages, ISBN 978-0-393-32861-5
Gellner, Ernest. The Psychoanalytic Movement: The Cunning of Unreason. London: Fontana Press, 1993.
Grünbaum, Adolf. The Foundations of Psychoanalysis: A Philosophical Critique. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1984.
Grünbaum, Adolf. Validation in the Clinical Theory of Psychoanalysis: A Study in the Philosophy of Psychoanalysis. Madison, Connecticut: International Universities Press, 1993.
Hale, Nathan G., Jr. Freud and the Americans: The Beginnings of Psychoanalysis in the United States, 1876–1917. New York: Oxford University Press, 1971.
Hale, Nathan G., Jr. The Rise and Crisis of Psychoanalysis in the United States: Freud and the Americans, 1917–1985. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1995.
Hirschmüller, Albrecht. The Life and Work of Josef Breuer. New York University Press, 1989.
Jones, Ernest. The Life and Work of Sigmund Freud. 3 vols. New York: Basic Books, 1953–1957
Jung, Carl Gustav. The Collected Works of C. G. Jung Volume 4: Freud and Psychoanalysis. Routledge & Kegan Paul Ltd, 1961.
Macmillan, Malcolm. Freud Evaluated: The Completed Arc. Cambridge, Massachusetts: The MIT Press, 1997.
Marcuse, Herbert. Eros and Civilization: A Philosophical Inquiry into Freud. Boston: Beacon Press, 1974
Masson, Jeffrey Moussaieff. The Assault on Truth: Freud’s Suppression of the Seduction Theory. New York: Pocket Books, 1998
Puner, Helen Walker. Freud: His Life and His Mind. New York: Dell Publishing Co., 1947
Ricœur, Paul. Freud and Philosophy. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1970.
Rieff, Philip. Freud: The Mind of the Moralist. Garden City, New York: Anchor Books, 1961
Roazen, Paul. Freud and His Followers. New York: Knopf, 1975, hardcover; trade paperback, Da Capo Press (22 March 1992), 600 pages, ISBN 978-0-306-80472-4
Roazen, Paul. Freud: Political and Social Thought. London: Hogarth Press, 1969.
Roth, Michael, ed. Freud: Conflict and Culture. New York: Vintage, 1998.
Schur, Max. Freud: Living and Dying. New York: International Universities Press, 1972.
Stannard, David E. Shrinking History: On Freud and the Failure of Psychohistory. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1982.
Webster, Richard. Why Freud Was Wrong: Sin, Science and Psychoanalysis. Oxford: The Orwell Press, 2005.
Wollheim, Richard. Freud. Fontana, 1971.
Wollheim, Richard, and James Hopkins, eds. Philosophical essays on Freud. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1982.

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Sigmund Freud at the Encyclopædia Britannica
“Sigmund Freud Assists Friend Paul Federn, 1936: Original Letter”. Shapell Manuscript Foundation.
“Essays by Freud”.
“Freud Archives”. Library of Congress.
“Freud Museum, Maresfield Gardens, London”.
“Freud, Sigmund and Anna Collection available on Kansas Memory”.
“International Network of Freud Critics”.
“International Psychoanalytical Association”. (founded by Freud in 1910)
Library Catalog of the Pshchoanalytical Association of Paris (in French). Presses Universitaires de France. 1994. ISBN 978-2-13-046576-8. Archived from the original on 1 May 2019.
“Sigmund Freud Collection”. (15 works in English)
“Bibliography of Sigmund Freud’s writings” (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 April 2019.
A Young Girl’s Diary. T. Seltzer. 1921. probably by Hermine Hug-Hellmuth, prefaced with a letter from Freud dated 27 April 1915
Dr. Henry Abramson (12 March 2015). “Who Was Sigmund Freud?”.
“Sigmund Freud Personal Manuscripts”.
Newspaper clippings about Sigmund Freud in the 20th Century Press Archives of the ZBWAwards and achievements
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vteSigmund FreudBooks
On Aphasia (1891)
Studies on Hysteria (1895)
The Interpretation of Dreams (including On Dreams) (1899)
The Psychopathology of Everyday Life (1901)
Jokes and Their Relation to the Unconscious (1905)
Totem and Taboo (1913)
The History of the Psychoanalytic Movement (1914)
Introduction to Psychoanalysis (1916-17)
Group Psychology and the Analysis of the Ego (1921)
The Ego and the Id (1923)
The Question of Lay Analysis (1926)
The Future of an Illusion (1927)
Civilization and Its Discontents (1930)
Moses and Monotheism (1939)Essays
“The Aetiology of Hysteria” (1896)
Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality (1905)
Delusion and Dream in Jensen’s Gradiva (1907)
Creative Writers and Day-Dreaming (1908)
Leonardo da Vinci, A Memory of His Childhood (1910)
On Narcissism (1914)
Some Character-Types Met with in Psycho-Analytic Work (1915)
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Intro to Psychology: Crash Course Psychology #1 – ذلك الحلم عن الديناصور في ثوب الرقص، تلك الأوقات التي قلت فيها ذلك الشيء
الذي تعرف أنه ما كان عليك قوله، أو حتى ذلك الشيء
الذي لم تعرف حتى أنك ستقوله.
دواليب وعيكم الصغيرة تدور
جاعلة حياتكم ممكنة والمجتمع عامًلا، كل الأمور التي يسعدكم
أنكم قادرون على القيام بها وكل الأمور التي تتمنون لو تستطيعون
التوقف عن القيام بها. باستثناء العقول البشرية الأخرى،
عقلك هو أعقد أجزاء الكون التي يعرفها البشر حالًيا. القواعد التي تحكمه غامضة ومراوغة. ربما تكون أدمغتنا ليست معقدة بما فيه الكفاية
لتفهم نفسها. لكّن هذا لن يوقفنا عن المحاولة. كلمة "سايكولوجيا" مأخوذة من اللاتينية
ومعناها "دراسة الروح". وبينما تطور تعريفه الرسمي
على مدى العقود الماضية، يمكننا أن نسميه اليوم
"علم السلوك والعمليات العقلية". ابُتكر مصطلح "علم النفس"
في نهاية القرن السادس عشر، والعمل الذي نسميه علًما في وقتنا الحاضر لم يترسخ حتى منتصف القرن التاسع عشر. لكن بالطبع، كان لدى البشر فضول دائًما
بشأن أنفسهم وبشأن ما يحدث هنا. فقد تفّكر أرسطو في منشأ الوعي البشري وقرر أنه في القلب لا في الرأس، وهذا كما رأينا مرات عديدة هنا
في Crash Course خطأ تام. قبل ألفي عام، أجرى الحكام الصينيون
أول اختبارات نفسية في العالم، حيث ألزموا الموظفين الحكوميين
بالخضوع لاختبارات للشخصية والذكاء. وفي أواخر القرن الثامن،
كان الطبيب الفارسي محمد بن زكريا الرازي، المعروف أيًضا باسم الرازي،
من أول من وصفوا المرض النفسي، وحتى عالج مرضى في ما كان أساًسا جناًحا نفسًيا رائًدا
في مستشفاه في بغداد. منذ جهود أولئك المفكرين الأوائل
حتى يومنا هذا، كان حقل علم النفس يتعلق
بمحاولة الإجابة عن بعض الأسئلة المهمة: كيف بمقدور البشر ارتكاب أعمال رهيبة
كالإبادة الجماعية وتعذيب البشر؟ وكيف نعرف أن تلك الأعمال رهيبة؟ هل لدينا إرادة حرة
أم أننا ُمسّيرون ببيئتنا وتركيبنا البيولوجي والتأثيرات اللاشعورية؟ ما هو المرض النفسي؟
وماذا يمكننا أن نفعل بشأنه؟ وما هو الوعي أو فكرة الذات؟ إذا فقدت وعيي لذاتي، هل أظل بشًرا؟ لا أعرف. لكن على مدى الستة أشهر القادمة، هذه هي الأسئلة التي سنستكشفها معا، كيف تعمل أدمغتنا وكيف تتعطل
وكيف يمكن شفاؤها وِلم نتصرف بالطريقة التي نتصرف بها
حتى لو كنا لا نريد ذلك وما معنى أننا نفكر ونشعر ونحيا. عند سماع مصطلح "علم النفس"،
الأرجح أن معظم يفكرون في معالج نفسي يستمع إلى مريض يتحدث عن تفاصيل يومه
متكئًا على أريكة. وربما يكون المعالج النفسي يضع نظارة ويمضغ سيجاًرا ويربت على ذقنه الملتحي. اعترفوا! عندما تفكرون في علم النفس،
الأرجح أنكم تتصورون فرويد. كان سيغموند فرويد أحد أكثر المفكرين
تأثيًرا وإثارة للجدل في عصره، وربما في كل العصور. فقد ساعدت نظرياته في بناء آرائنا
حول الطفولة والشخصية والأحلام والجنس. كما أن عمله استحث إرًثا من التأييد والمعارضة. كانت حياته طويلة
وشملت فترة مهمة من التاريخ امتدت من الحرب الأهلية الأمريكية
إلى الحرب العالمية الثانية. لكن كمعظم العلماء العظماء،
طور فرويد أفكاره الثورية بالبناء على أعمال آخرين. وبالطبع، لم يتوقف الاستحداث
في حقل علم النفس عنده. في الحقيقة،
علم النفس هو واحد من أثر العلوم تنوًعا من حيث الأسئلة التي يطرحها
والطرق التي يطبقها، ومدارس الفكر والفروع المختلفة التي يتضمنها. علم النفس، أكثر من سائر العلوم الأخرى، هو علم متنوع متكامل. على سبيل المثال، في عصر فرويد، كان هناك الكثير من المدارس الفكرية عن كيفية التعامل مع دراسة العقل البشري. بشكل رئيسي،
كانت هناك المذاهب البنيوية والوظائفية والتحليل النفسي. بدأ علم النفس العلمي
في عام 1879 في ألمانيا، عندما افتتح الطبيب فيلهلم فونت
أول مختبر علم نفس في جامعة ليبزيغ بعد بضع سنوات من نشره "مبادئ علم النفس الفسيولوجي،" وهو ما يعتبر أول كتاب دراسي عن علم النفس. أخذ فونت وتلميذه إدوارد رادفورد تيتشنر دلالات من علماء فيزياء وكيمياء وجادلا بأنه إن استطاع أولئك الناس تحليل
المادة إلى عناصر أو تركيبات بسيطة، فلم لا يستطيعان عمل الشيء نفسه للدماغ؟ حاولا فهم بنيات الوعي بجعل المرضى ينظرون داخل أنفسهم، وسؤالهم بم يشعرون عندما يشاهدون غروب الشمس
أو يشمون رائحة القهوة أو يلعقون قطة أو أي شيء آخر. سمى تيتشنر هذا المنهج بالـ"البنيوية"، لكن بالرغم من اسمه الجامد، كان يعتمد على الاستبطان بشكل كبير
لدرجة أنه أصبح ذاتًيا. وهذا يعني أنك قد تشعر
بشيء مختلف عما أشعر به حتى لو لعقنا القطة نفسها. لا يستطيع الأطباء النفسيون بالطبع
مراقبة أفكار المريض الداخلية أو مشاعره، لذلك، لم تدم مدرسة الفكرة البنيوية طويًلا. على خلاف ذلك، اقترح الطبيب والفيلسوف الأمريكي
ويليام جيمس مجموعة مختلفة من الأسئلة
تركز على لماذا نفكر ونشعر ونشم ونلعق، وكل تلك الأمور. ركز بشكل أساسي على وظيفة السلوك. هذا المذهب، الوظائفية،
اسُتلهم من فكرة تشارلز داروين التي مفادها أن السلوك التكيفي
ُيحَفظ عبر العملية التطورية. نشر جيمس كتابه المؤثر
"مبادىء علم النفس" عام 1890، وعّرف فيه علم النفس بعلم الحياة النفسية، في الوقت الذي بدأ فيه فرويد
ُيعمل دماغه الكبير. بدأ سيغموند فرويد عمله في الطب
في مستشفى في فيينا، لكن في عام 1886، افتتح عيادته الخاصة
المتخصصة بالاضطرابات العصبية. خلال تلك الفترة،
شاهد فرويد زميله يوزيف برويار يعالج مريضة اسمها آنا أو
بعلاج كلامي جديد. باختصار، جعلها تتحدث عن أعراضها، وكانت كلما تحدثت أكثر
واسترجعت ذكريات مؤلمة، كلما خفت أعراضها. كان ذلك تقدًما عظيًما وغير فرويد إلى الأبد. منذ ذلك الحين، أخذ فرويد يشجع
مرضاه على التحدث بحرية عما يخطر ببالهم، على ما ُيسمى "التداعي الحر". كانت تلك التقنية حجر الأساس لمستقبله المهني
ولفرع كامل في علم النفس. في عام 1900، نشر كتابه "تفسير الأحلام"، حيث قّدم نظريته عن التحليل النفسي. الأرجح أنكم تظنون التحليل النفسي علاًجا، حيث المريض المستلقي على الأريكة،
وهذا بالتأكيد جزء منه. لكن مفهوم فرويد كان أكثر تعقيًدا من هذا، وكان ثورًيا. كانت الفكرة الأساسية للتحليل النفسي
هي نظرية أن شخصياتنا تتشكل بفعل دوافع مكبوتة في اللاشعور. باختصار، ألمح فرويد إلى أننا جميًعا متأثرون
بالعمليات العقلية التي حتى لا نعيها. يبدو هذا واضًحا لنا الآن، لكن جزء من عبقرية نظرية فرويد
أنه في عام 1900، لم يكن ذلك واضًحا البتة. فكرة أن عقولنا قد يحركها شيء لم تعرف عقولنا بوجوده
كان من الصعب فهمها. مثل صعوبة فهم أن الكائنات تتطور
بفعل الانتقاء الطبيعي. كانت مجردة وغير مرئية
وكان هناك شيء بشأنها يبدو غير عقلاني. لكن الجزء الآخر المهم من نظرية فرويد
كان أن العقل البطن، ومعناه الحرفي: الشيء الكائن تحت العقل الواعي،
كان ما زال لم ُيكتشف. حتى لو كنا غير مدركين له،
إلا أنه كان من الممكن فهمه عبر تقنية علاجية
تستخدم الأحلام والإسقاط والتداعي الحر لاستئصال المشاعر المكبوتة واكتساب فهم الذات. إذن، ما كان يقوله فرويد هو
أن الاضطرابات العقلية من الممكن شفاؤها عبر العلاج بالكلام واستكشاف الذات. وكان ذلك تقدًما مهًما جًدا. لأنه قبل ذلك، كان الناس المصابون بأمراض نفسية
ُيحتجزون في المصحات وفي أفضل الحالات، كانوا ُيكّلفون بمهام وضيعة،
وفي أسوئها، ُيقّيدون بإطار سرير. بعد "تفسير الأحلام"،
نشر فرويد عشرين كتاًبا آخر ودراسات لا حصر لها
وهو يحمل سيجاًرا بيده في الوقت ذاته. كان يؤمن بأن التدخين يساعده على التفكير،
لكنه ساعد أيًضا على إصابته بسرطان الفك. خلال الست عشرة سنة الأخيرة من حياته، خضع على الأقل لثلاثين عملية مؤلمة
بينما استمر في التدخين. وفي أواخر ثلاثينيات القرن العشرين،
عندما كان النازيون يحتلون النمسا، هرب فرويد وعائلته اليهودية بصعوبة
إلى إنجلترا. وبحلول سبتمبر 1939،
أصبح الألم في فكه المريض شديًدا وساعده طبيب صديق على الانتحار بحقنة مورفين. وكان في الثالثة والثمانين من عمره. سواًء كنتم تحبونه أو تكرهونه،
وكونوا متأكدين أن الكثير من الناس خالفوه آراءه، إّلا أنه لا سبيل للإنكار أن تأثير فرويد
على علم النفس كان هائًلا. فيما تراجعت النظريات الأخرى المنافسة
التي ُوضعت في بدايات حقل علم النفس أو تطورت إلى شيء آخر، ما زال التحليل النفسي مفهوًما مهًما
وُيمارس حتى يومنا هذا. التغير الجذري الكبير التالي
حدث في النصف الثاني من القرن العشرين، عندما طغت النظرية السلوكية على سابقاتها. علماء كبار مثل آيفان بافلوف
وجون بي واطسون وبي أف سكينر كانوا من دعاتها الرئيسيين. وقد ركزوا على دراسة السلوك الظاهر. ربما تتذكرون سكينر بأنه الرجل
الذي وضع الجرذان والحمام والأطفال في صناديق ودربها بالاشتراط على أداء سلوك معين. في الفترة التي فّر فيها فرويد إلى إنجلترا،
نشر سكينر "سلوك الكائنات"، مطلًقا به حقبة النظرية السلوكية
التي ظلت سائدة طوال ستينيات القرن العشرين. النظرية الأخرى القوية في تلك الفترة بالطبع
كانت نظرية التحليل النفسي لفرويد والنظريات الكثيرة المنحدرة منها والمعروفة
إجماًلا بـ"نظريات الديناميكية النفسية". وقد ركزت هذه النظريات
على أهمية الخبرات المبكرة وتشكيل العقل الباطن
وكيف تؤثر تلك العملية على أفكارنا ومشاعرنا وسلوكياتنا وشخصياتنا. بحلول منتصف القرن العشرين،
كانت تنشأ نظريات كبرى أخرى في علم النفس، مدارس سنستكشفها لاحًقا في هذه الحلقات
بما فيها علم النفس الإنساني الذي يركز على تغذية نمو الذات
والعلوم المعرفية والعلوم العصبية، وكلها علوم ساهمت بنظرياتها
في دراسة العقل. التعريف الرسمي لعلم النفس اليوم:
"دراسة السلوك والعمليات العقلية"، هو دمج جيد
يستسقي من كل هذه المدارس الفكرية. وهو يعترف بأهمية الحاجة
إلى ملاحظة السلوك وتسجيله، سواًء كان صراًخا أو بكاًء
أو عزف الساكسفون الخفي أمام جمهور وهمي، لكنه يعزي أيًضا أهمية للعمليات العقلية:
بماذا نفكر ونشعر ونعتقد بينما نعرف على آلتنا الخفية. لأن النقطة التي أريد أن تستوعبوها هي أن علم النفس هو علم تكاملي. نعم، سيتذمر الناس ويختلفون في الرأي كثيًرا، لكن جوهر هذا الفرع من العلوم
له علاقة وثيقة بالطرق المختلفة لطرح الأسئلة المثيرة للاهتمام ومحاولة الإجابة عنها
عبر كل طرق جمع البيانات. العقل البشري معقد، وما من طريقة وحيدة
لفتحه واستكشافه بفعالية، بل يجب استكشافه من كل الجوانب. عالم الفلك في هارفارد أوين غينغريتش
حّدق في آفاق الفضاء البعيدة ورغم ذلك اعترف أن العقل البشري هو أعقد جسم مادي في الكون كله. وكلنا لدينا منه، وهو ملك لنا. يجلس مسترخًيا هنا في الأعلى. نحن هنا في Crash Course متحمسون
لقضاء الأشهر القادمة نتبّحر في عالم علم النفس، كيف ينطبق على حياتنا وعقولنا وقلوبنا، وكيف يعّمق فهمنا لبعضنا البعض
ولعالمنا ولأنفسنا. شكًرا لمتابعتكم هذا الدرس
من Crash Course في علم النفس، وأريد تقديم شكر خاص
للمشتركين معنا من Subbable الذين لولاهم ما كنا لنستطيع عمل هذا. هل تريد جدوًلا دورًيا للعناصر الكيميائية
من Crash Course موّقًعا ومصمًما خصيًصا لك؟ أو أن ترى رسًما لك في إحدى حلقاتنا؟ لمعرفة المزيد عن هذا وغيره من المّيزات،
زوروا وشكًرا لطاقم العمل. كتب هذه الحلقة كاثرين ييل
وحررها بليك باستينو، مستشارنا في علم النفس
هو دكتور رانجيت راغوات، الحلقة من إخراج ومونتاج هو نيكولاس جينكنز. مشرف النص هو مايكل إراندا
وهو أيًضا مصمم الصوت وفريق الرسومات هو Thought Cafe. .

The Impact of Early Emotional Neglect – الكثير منا قلق من العالم الذي يحمل الكثير من المشاكل العاطفية من الممكن أن نقلق ونكتئب ونواجه مصاعب حول العلاقات الجنسية من المحتمل أن نسأل أنفسنا من أين تأتي تلك الصعوبات استفزازية وغريبة، ومن وجهة نظرنا والإجابة الدقيقة أن الضرر الذي يأتي يكون دائماً من مرحلة الطفولة خصوصاً الطفولة المبكرة .
كيف كنا نعتني بهم كالرضع و الأطفال، وله تأثير غير متناسب في كيفية تعاملنا مع الآخرين في مرحلة البلوغ . نحن بحاجة قبل كل شيء إلى استجابة أحد الوالدين البالغين الذين يلبون احتياجاتنا بحساسية ولطف هذا تعريف الحياة وإنقاذها حرفياً يبدو وكأنه شيء كثير، ولا شيء صعب جداً. ولكن دون هذا النوع من تلبية الحب نتساءل للحياة وكان الكثير مِنَّا أصبح الباحثين أفضل من أي وقت مضى لإظهار مدى تأثير الإهمال على الأطفال ادوارد تونيك أحد الخبراء البارزين في العالم المنفذ لوحدة تطور الطفل لجامعة هارفرد لدية المسؤولية مع فريقه لأحد تجاربه الرائعة في تاريخ علم النفس المعروف اسمها ب still face experiment الأطفال، مثل هذا الطفل لديه استجابة عالية للعواطف والقدرة التفاعلية والتفاعل الإجتماعي التي اكتسبوها من العالم المحيط بهم هذا الشيء الذي بدأنا دراسته قبل 34 سنة عندما لا يعتقد الناس أنهم يستطيعون أن يشاركوا الأطفال مع التفاعل الإجتماعي في هذه التجربة (still face experiment )
قامت الأم جلست ولعبت مع طفلتها التي في عمر السنة تقريباً طفلتي الرائعة وقامت بتحية ابنتها، وقامت الطفلة برد هذه التحية لها بدأت الطفلة تؤشر على أماكن مختلفة في العالم حاولت الأم مشاركة ابنتها في اللعب يعملون لتنسيق مشاعرهم ونواياهم ماذا يريدون أن يفعلوا في العالم؟ وهذا فعلاً ما اعتادت عليه الطفلة ثم طلبنا من الأم عدم الاستجابة مع طفلتها تفاعلت الطفلة سريعاً مع ذلك ثم استخدمت الطفلة جميع قدراتها لمحاولة استعادة والدتها ابتسمت لوالدتها قامت بالتأشير لأنها اعتادت أن تقوم والدتها بالنظر إلى ما تشير اليه رفعت الطفل كلتا يديها أمام والدتها ثم قالت
ماذا حصل لها؟ أصدرت أصوات عالية لوالدتها مثل : هيا، لماذا لا تفعلين هذا حتى في هذه الدقيقتين عندما لم يحصلوا على ردة الفعل الطبيعية ردت فعلهم حملت معها عاطفة سلبية ابتعدوا، يشعرون بالضغط عليه. في الواقع قد تفقد السيطرة على الموقف بسبب الضغط الذي كانت تعاني منه. إن رؤية الطفل يشعر بالأسى أمر مؤثر للغاية إذا انزعج الطفل من السلوك البارد الوحشي لمدة بضع ثوانِ فلدينا إحساس بما يمكن أن يحدث على مدى سنوات أو أكثر من الإهمال. ليس مهم لدى البعض أن يكون جيد من الداخل لدينا مرادفه ل still face ، الوالدين في أول عقدنا وأكثر ولكن معرفة كيف يمكننا عرضه فإنه لا ينبغي أن يحزننا يمكن أن نجري تقييماً كيف فشلنا ونفهم الصلة بين الماضي والحاضر البحث النفسي مثل تجربة still face experiment في الطليعة لأنه يساعدنا على فهم أنفسنا عاطفياً تسليط الضوء العلمي على أصول الحزن والتعقيد على مدى الزمن أثبتت التجربة شيء آخر خلف الشك الحب ليس ترفاً، إنه بوابة للبقاء والتعقل معظم الكتب تريد أن تغيرنا تسعى لجعلنا أغنى أو أنحف يساعدنا هذا الكتاب لنكون ألطف تقلب أقل للمزاج، وأكثر انتباهاً سبب لناس أكثر دفئاً. اضغط على الرابط لتعلم المزيد ترجمة : فريق أُترجم [email protected] .

Why Do We Still Teach Freud If He Was So Wrong? – Thanks the curiosity stream for supporting this episode of scishow psyche go to curiosity stream comm slash psych to learn more We all have that one friend, you know the one who's a bit more organized and stubborn and who sometimes gets upset if they or You screw up.
You might have even heard someone insult them by calling them anal. But wait, that doesn't make any sense Why does being rigid and organized have anything to do with butts? Well, if you were to ask Sigmund Freud quite a bit But also he'd be wrong that insult of calling someone anal though does come right out of Freud's work It's related to anal retentive fixation, which is supposedly the result of unresolved conflicts between you and your caregivers during potty training But like so many things Freud thought it's kind of bogus So, why do we still spend so much time talking about the student psychology classes? The short answer is that there were a few things Freud got right that were really important but also Psychologists now want to take the lead on debunking some of the nonsense he started in their field if you haven't heard of the guy Sigmund Freud was an Austrian neurologist who popularized loads of ideas about psychology across the United States and Europe Some of his ideas were pretty reasonable and are still supported today for example Freud believed that the experiences you had growing up can influence how you behave now, but even more of his ideas were Kind of out there like Freud also thought that while growing up your unconscious mind spent time focused on each erogenous zone like the mouths anus and genitals He also suggested that children work through sexual frustrations with their opposite sex parent and that women suffer from penis envy Really so it can seem really weird or even harmful that psych classes devote time to his work But there are reasons for it One reason is historical Freud did get some things right and that became the foundation of future more trustworthy research. For example Freud popularized the idea that people are influenced by an Unconscious mind meaning that your thoughts and behaviors might not all be under your conscious control He wasn't the first to introduce the idea But he was among the first to talk about it without mentioning like ghosts or demons instead He thought your unconscious mind grew from your experiences and modern attachment theory grew directly from those ideas in other words Psychologists now think that the experiences in your relationship with your caregiver can influence how you develop relationships later in life Although no one today could legitimately Argue that it has to do with your erogenous zones It's still based on the insight that unremembered experiences as a child can influence you as an adult which was a fairly new idea at the time another reason that Freud is still taught today is because Sometimes Freudian therapy can still kind of work Most of Freud's theoretical ideas about how the mind operator were based on his clinical work with patients that kind of therapy is called psychoanalysis or psychodynamic therapy It involves a lot of talking and sorting through Supposedly unconscious processes and although Freudian theory is now mostly abandoned some meta analyses have shown that Psychodynamic therapy can be effective at least depending on what you compare it to for example a 2012 meta-analysis of 11 studies found that Psychoanalytic therapy was somewhat effective for a variety of disorders if you compared it to treatments that didn't involve talk therapy But it didn't seem that useful if you compared it to anything else another Meta-analysis in 2008 looked at more than 23 studies that compared long-term psychodynamic therapy to shorter therapies And it found that spending more time in psychodynamic treatment was generally better for personality functioning and reducing symptoms There are plenty of caveats to this though for one Even if the overall results were promising the studies in the meta analyses did seem to vary a lot Some found that Freudian therapy worked really well and others not so much that suggests there could be other variables at work Also, most of these studies compared Freudian methods to shorter treatments or to no treatments at all. Ultimately the takeaway here Is that if you're looking for a therapist? You might find that someone practicing a more Freudian style actually works well for you or you might find better results elsewhere regardless because these types of therapies do still exist the idea is they're based on are important to know about Finally one last reason you still hear about Freud in class. Is that psychologists are trying to take responsibility for the mess their field made and are trying to clean things up a bit in the past century Freud and his ideas got really popular So students come into psychology courses with all kinds of ideas about the guy and your professors need to point out which ones are flat-out Wrong Plus Freud isn't just in psychology class anymore 2008 study of course descriptions at 150 colleges and universities found that 86% of courses referencing psychoanalysis Were taught outside psych departments. The researchers found that Freud's work is brought up across the humanities including in English departments So the hope is that if you learn about him in psych class You should be able to sort out fact from fiction if you run into him in another course if you're suffering through the boring parts Of intro psych wondering why you're spending so much time talking about this old dead bearded wrong, dude. 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