Essay on Women in Psychology

1549 Words Jan 6th, 2013 7 Pages
Women in Psychology Paper PSY/310

It feels as though most of the time when thinking about psychology and the great contributions that have been made to it, that most of them have been from men, but along the way there have been several influential women that have contributed to the field of psychology as well. Just like men, there were several women who were pioneers, theorists, and counselors; many of these women have contributed to the field of psychology in their own special between the years of 1850 and 1950. Of all these amazing women who are pioneers, theorists, and counselors, the one who stands out the most is Anna Freud. This paper will go on to explain Anna Freud’s
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they learned to move freely, to eat independently, to speak, to express their preferences, etc. To our surprise the parents valued this beyond everything” (“Anna Freud - Life," n.d.). Unfortunately in 1938 the nursery had to be closed because Austria had been taken over by the Nazis and the Freud family had to flee the country, regardless of Sigmund’s health. Ernest Jones and Princess Marie Bonaparte provided a very large part in the assistance in obtaining the emigration papers, but it was Anna who had to deal with the Nazi bureaucracy and organize the practicalities of the family’s emigration to London. Once back in London, Anna quickly settled into her new home and began working, “England is indeed a civilized country,” she wrote, “and I am naturally grateful that we are here. There is no pressure of any kind and there is a great deal of space and freedom ahead.” (“Anna Freud - Life," n.d.). In early September of 1939 a war broke out and only a few weeks later Anna’s father Sigmund Freud passed away. By this time, Anna had already established a new practice and was lecturing about child psychology in English. Child analysis was untouched territory in the 1920’s and 1930’s’ two of her mentors in child psychology, Siegfried Bernfeld and August Aichhorn, both had practical experience of dealing with children, but Melanie Klein had evolved her own theory and technique of child analysis. Anna and Melanie had differed in the sense of Melanie’s timing and

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