Sigmund Freud : The Father Of Psychoanalysis

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Sigmund Freud is an Austrian neurologist who is credited as the father of psychoanalysis. He became a doctor of medicine at the University of Vienna in 1881. He was the one to create psychoanalysis, which is a clinical method for treating psychopathology through dialogue between a patient and a psychoanalyst. While creating this, he developed therapeutic techniques, like the use of free association. Overall, Sigmund Freud is possibly the most influential person in psychology history. Sigmund Freud was born from Galician Jewish parents in the Moravian town of Příbor. He was the oldest of eight children. As he grew up he was excellent in the field of literature, proficient in German, French, Italian, Spanish, English, Hebrew, Latin, and Greek. He spent three years at the Vienna General Hospital working in various departments. Due to 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. Sigmund started smoking tobacco at age 24, initially he smoked cigarettes, but soon after he started smoking cigars. He believed they could increase the capacity to work and that he could exercise self-control in moderating the amount of his smoking. Despite warnings from Wilhelm Fliess, he continued smoking and eventually developing buccal cancer. Freud suggested to Fliess in 1897 that addictions, including that to tobacco, were substitutes for masterbation, which as he said was “the one great habit” When he

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