Essay on Freud Meets World

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Sigmund Freud, physiologist, medical doctor, psychologist, and father of psychoanalysis,

is recognized as one of the most influential thinkers of the twentieth century. Freud

articulated the concepts of the unconscious, of infantile sexuality, and of repression. He proposed

a tripartite account of the structure of the mind, as part of a radically new therapeutic reference

for the understanding of human psychological development, and the treatment of abnormal

mental conditions. Freud is also known as the “Father of Psychoanalysis.” Psychoanalysis

refers to the method of investigating unconscious mental processes, and is also a form of

psychotherapy. Not regarding the multiple manifestations of psychoanalysis as it exists
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Four years after Freud graduated, he moved to Paris to study under Jean Martin Charcot, a famous neurologist. At the time, Charcot was working with patients who suffered from hysteria. Some of these people had no physical defects, but seemed to be blind or paralyzed. Charcot believed that their real problem was mental, and that the physical symptoms could be erased by hypnosis. Freud carefully analyzed Charcot’s work and began to assemble his own thoughts and theories.
Freud returned to Vienna in 1886 and began to work specifically with hysterical patients using hypnosis, but found that its beneficial effects did not last long enough for the patient. He set up private practice as a consultant in nervous diseases and became a leading authority on the cerebral palsies of children. He met and collaborated with Josef Breuer, who used a different method with hysterical patients. Breuer had discovered that when he encouraged a hysterical patient to talk uninhibitedly about the earliest occurrences of the symptoms, the latter sometimes gradually abated. Working with Breuer, Freud developed the idea that many neuroses, or phobias, had their origins in deeply traumatic experiences that occurred in the earlier life of the patient, but were hidden from consciousness. The treatment Freud formulated was to enable the patient to recall the experience to consciousness, and
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