A Research Paper About Psychology

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When deciding what to write a research paper about for Psychology 111 this Spring, I had several ideas before I came up with my final topic. In the end, I am honestly not sure why it was the 4th, perhaps 5th, idea that I had. It came down to this. What do I think of when I think of Psychology? Well, I can think of a lot of topics that pop into mind from mental health, to childhood behavioral issues, to the medications we are prescribed and how they affect us. But when I think of names in Psychology, only one comes to mind – Sigmund Freud. And regarding that name, at the core, all I really knew of him was that he had theories regarding human development that involved a lot of “sex stuff.” I also know his findings have been regarded highly in many circles and hotly disdained in others. As one writer said of him, “He’s been dead for nearly 70 years, but Sigmund Freud’s provocative theories are still a huge part of psychology, neuroscience, and culture – this despite the fact that many of his ideas were mindboggingly, catastrophically wrong.” Realizing I had no real opinion of the man or his theories, I thought it might be prudent to research his approaches and methodologies behind coming to the conclusions he did within his work. Sigmund Freud was born in 1856 in what is now the Czech Republic (Bio.com 2015). At the age of 4, his family settled in Vienna, where he would eventually complete most of his professional work (Bio.com 2015). After receiving his degree in 1881, he
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