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Sigmund Freud and the Field of Psychoanalysis
An examination of Sigmund Freud's theory of psychoanalysis.
# 152731 | 2,326 words | 15 sources | APA | 2013 | US
Published on Apr 23, 2013 in Psychology (Freud) , Psychology (Theory)

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The paper looks at how Sigmund Freud was influenced by some of the key thinkers of his time and how his experience with hysteria and hypnosis were influential foundational platforms upon which he later built. The paper discusses Freud's ideas of the id, ego and superego as well as the developmental elements of his principles and also notes the hostile disagreements between Freud and fellow theorists. The paper concludes that the fact that psychoanalysis continues to exist and thrive is a tribute to the initial strength of the underlying principles which have become the seed for the growth of many branches of psychology.

From the Paper:

"Sigismund Freud was born on May 6, 1856, he later, at the age of 20, changed his name legally to Sigmund (Chirac, 2010). In his infancy his family was uprooted and they moved from Frieberg in Moravia to Vienna. The major part of Freud's life was spent in Vienna. His initially schooling was at home before he was enrolled in the Spurling Gymnasium. At this educational facility Freud demonstrated his intellectual prowess and graduated first in his class with the highest honors.
"The University of Vienna beckoned and it was at this facility he studied medicine. He worked closely with a noted French neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot who specialized in the problem of hysteria. Charcot was able to create the symptoms of hysteria in persons who did not possess the disease though the use of hypnosis. He therefore concluded that hysteria could possibly be significantly reduced if not cured with the use of hypnotic suggestions. This foray into the connected nature of the mind and body was incongruent with the dominant theoretical posture at the time. This association with Charcot spawned within Freud the idea that physical problems may have a deeper unconscious cause."

Sample of Sources Used:

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