The Founder Of Psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud Was A Physiologist,

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The founder of Psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud was a physiologist, and medical doctor and a psychologist. During the span of his research in psychotherapy he was criticized by many who claimed his research was not science. Although it has been decades and Freud’s work has filled many of today’s psychology textbooks, there are contemporary critics who still question the legitimacy of Freud’s scientific work. Sigmund Freud’s achievements unlocked the unconscious and developed modern psychotherapy. Freud’s childhood was more than ordinary. The structure of his family may have been confusing to Freud as a child. His father was old enough to look like he could have been Freud’s grandfather and his half-brothers looked as if they were old enough…show more content…
Freud also mailed small doses of cocaine to Martha affirming the great effects it possessed. Freud was never addicted to cocaine. His real addiction was his research (Anderson, 2001). His cocaine experiments ended in disaster when one of his patients died from overdose. Freud began exploring other methods of therapy including magnetism, where he believed he could use magnets to move sickness from one side of the brain to another. But none of these techniques were effective. Then a man named Jean-Martin Charcot introduced hypnosis therapy to Freud. This caught Freud’s attention because hypnosis is another way he could unlock and explore the unconscious mind. Relaxing on the psychiatric couch was the optimal position for a patient to undergo hypnosis. Freud gained a lot of research about the unconscious through hypnosis therapy. Later, Freud concluded that the patients’ sicknesses were not getting better through hypnosis simply because they could not recall anything from when they were hypnotized. Freud looked to other methods of psychotherapy and was influenced by a man named Josef Breuer. Breuer told Freud he had a special case patient, “Anna O”, who was diagnosed with hysteria. Every time “Anna O” talked about her symptoms they would suddenly be suppressed (Anderson, 2001). This was known as the talking cure. Freud adopted this method in his practices and his

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