Sigmund Freud and Contributions to Psychology Essay by Nooni77

Sigmund Freud and Contributions to Psychology
A discussion of the life of Sigmund Freud and and his contributions to psychology.
# 29240 | 2,009 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2003 | US
Published on Jul 27, 2003 in Psychology (Freud) , Psychology (Therapies) , Psychology (Theory)

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This paper examines how the field of psychology would be very different without the work and contributions of Sigmund Freud. It looks at how not only did Freud introduce the world to the idea of psychoanalysis, but how he also introduced the stages of infantile sexual development and how he classified mental activity on three levels.
It provides an introduction into Freud's life and evaluates the factors that may have attributed to his ideas and thoughts. It describes his psychoanalysis theory, his theory of infantile sexuality and his three mind classifications (id, ego, superego).

From the Paper:

"Freud also introduced the very interesting but also very controversial theory of infantile sexuality. The entire theory rests on Freud's belief that from the moment of birth, the infant's action is driven by the desire for bodily/sexual pleasure. According to Freud, there are 5 stages an infant must successfully pass through in order to have a normal and healthy adulthood. Conflicts between the sex drive and rules of society are present at every stage. A proper resolution of the conflicts will lead the child to progress past one stage and move on to the next. Failure to achieve a proper resolution, however, will make the child fixated in the present stage. And this fixation is believed to be the cause of many personality and behavioral disorders."

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