The Dream Ego By Sigmund Freud

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The Dream Ego
Sigmund Freud is well known in the field of psychology, for he “was the founding father of psychoanalysis, a method for treating mental illness and also a theory which explains human behavior. Psychoanalysis is often known as the talking cure. Typically Freud would encourage his patients to talk freely (on his famous couch) regarding their symptoms and to describe exactly what was on their mind” (McLeod). On May 6, 1856, Sigismund Freud was born in the Moravian Hamlet of Freiberg, which today is Pribor in the Czech Republic. His name would later be changed to Sigmund when he was twenty-two years old (Schultz. 2004). Freud was born into a wealthy Jewish family. He was the first born of six children and had two older step brothers from Freud’s father's previous marriage (Husman). Although many modern psychologist dismiss Sigmund Freud’s theories as outdated, his dream theory, as well as his more structured model of the mind, still make psychoanalysis relevant today.
Writer James Anderson notes that: One characteristic of Freud’s that must have started to develop in early childhood was his inner conviction of being destined for greatness. Freud once wrote, no doubt with himself in mind, ‘keeps for life the feeling of a conqueror, that confidence of success that often induces real success’(11). Freud suggests that having assurance in one’s self is key to obtaining triumph and prosperity. During Freud’s time, many did not associate the unconscious mind with
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