Sigmund Freud: The Psychoathology Of Everyday Life

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Sigmund Freud was a psychologist who made influential breakthroughs in neurology, psychotherapy, and psychoanalysis. He published many books, one being The Psychopathology of Everyday Life, and went on to give a series of lectures in the United States. Freud produced many theories throughout his career, investigating human behavior and, more specifically, the human mind. These theories created by Freud have caused many to rethink their values,questioning how the mind truly works. Freud, the founding father of psychoanalysis, has left an impact on the field more than any other person. He has shown new ways to look at the human mind and discovered unique things about the brain. However, his innovations about the human mind are often rejected …show more content…
He spent the majority of his life doing much of his research in this city, eventually receiving his medical degree in 1881 from the University of Vienna(Thornton). In 1882, Freud started working at the Vienna General Hospital where he began his research in cerebral anatomy. From the knowledge that he gained on the effects of cocaine regarding palliative effects and the research he did on aphasia, Freud published his first book, On the Aphasias: A Critical Study in 1891(Thornton). After this experience, Freud began working in the Theodor Meynert’s psychiatric clinic where he gained an interest in clinical work(Thornton). This would translate into a desire to learn more about the complexity of the human mind which became the basis of his most influential field of work. In 1885, Freud traveled to Paris to study with Jean-Martin Charcot, a well-known neurologist at the time who was experimenting with hypnosis (Thornton). Freud started giving lectures on a regular basis, leading him to gain a group of followers who would listen to him speak. The values that he spoke of were emphasized in the psychology, quickly becoming the basis of …show more content…
These aspects are known as the id, ego and superego(Sigmund Freud:)(Thornton). Freud stated that the id is found in everyone since birth. The id is driven by the concept of pleasure, a longing for immediate gratification when one begins to crave an object. The behavior of infants is expressed through the id, helping a baby achieve their needs such as food and water. Like most of Freud’s writings, there is no proof as to if the id is real. At the time, the idea of the id was accepted and many saw their child as functionable when expressing their id to fulfill their needs. Today, one understands the human anatomy enough to know that dopamine is the chemical that gives the sense of pleasure to the body. The scientific breakthrough of dopamine proved that desire was not based on the personality of the human

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