Sigmund Freud 's Theory Of Psychoanalysis

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Sigmund Freud’s grand theory of Psychoanalysis was developed in the 19th century. He especially worked to prove that childhood events had a great and powerful impact on the teenage and adult mind in later years to come. Sigmund Freud was born in 1856 and died in 1939. He had a great desire to find treatment for psychopathology that all began with a great deal of time spent at Theodor Meynert’s Psychiatric Clinic. His time spent here was what created his desire to help people and find new ways to help people come to peace even within their own minds. Initially Freud used hypnosis as his technique, but later abandoned that theory and started using his own theory of psychoanalysis. Freud hypothesized that childhood molestation was a big cause of mental illness and disorders in people, but later also abandoned this idea as he realized that there are many other situations that can affect a person for the rest of their lives. Finally he came to the conclusion that personality consisted of three elements: I.D., ego, and superego. Freud’s explanation of the three elements was that the I.D. in a person was responsible for the conscious mind, ego for the preconscious, and superego for the unconscious. Many people didn’t believe or realize that there was more than just the conscious mind and questioned his theory. Freud also believed that the sources of these mental illnesses were derived from the unconscious mind. During psychoanalysis therapy, Freud would have his patient lay…
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