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The Contributions Of Freud And The Case Of Sigmund Freud

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Sigmund Freud, the father of psychoanalysis, is predominantly recognized as one of the most influential and authoritative thinkers of the twentieth century. Freud gave a broad perspective on things involving dreams, religion, and cultural artifacts while still focusing on different states of the mind, such as unconsciousness. Freud also relied on a local sexual repression issue to create theories about human behavior. His theories and ideas of psychoanalysis still have a strong impact on psychology and early childhood education today. Freud’s most important claim is that with psychoanalysis he had invented a new science of the mind, however, remains the subject of copious critical debate and controversy.

Sigmund Freud was born
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One of Freud’s first cases was about Dora, and eighteen year old girl, who went to see Freud due to her father urging her to. However, the case of Anna O marked a turning point for Freud, and it even went on to influence psychology as a whole. Both Dora and Anna O. suffered from hysteria, a condition in which the patient shows physical symptoms without an apparent physical cause. For example, paralysis, loss of speech, and convulsions. Her doctor Josef Breuer went on in treating Anna by helping her recall forgotten memories of traumatic events. During discussions with her, it became apparent that she had developed a fear of drinking when a dog she hated drank from her glass. As soon as she had the chance to make these unconscious thoughts conscious her paralysis…show more content…
Freud believed that people could be cured by making conscious their unconscious thoughts and motivations, which will allow one to gain insight. The aim of psychoanalysis therapy is to release repressed emotions and experiences. For example, making the unconscious conscious. Freud had a massive impact on the way people viewed mental illnesses during the First World War. During this time, many psychoanalysts were drafted into war efforts, as physicians or as psychiatrists, due to the rise in “war neuroses.” Many psychiatrists at the time believed that when soldiers showed symptoms of constant nervousness, nightmares, and traumatic memories of war experiences, they were merely cowards trying to escape combat. During the First World War, this perception started to change and people began to think that these symptoms were signs of real psychiatric problems. Shortly after, Freud created a model of the mind called “the Psychic
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