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Sigmund Freud

Sigmund Freud was in Austria when the Nazi's attacked. He was a very sick and elderly
Jewish man who was stricken with cancer as he became much older. ("Sigmund" DISCovering 4)
Even though he was very ill, he still managed to make an impact on society and he was a
true revolutionary. A revolutionary is one who impacts others enough to change the
thoughts and perspectives of society. Sigmund Freud was a world renowned psychologist and
writer who forever changed the world of psychoanalysis.

Sigmund Freud had a very educational early life, but in his ending days, he became a very
sickly man. Freud was born in Freiberg, Moravia in the Austrian Empire which is present
day Pribor, Czech Republic, on May 6th, 1856. He moved with his family to Vienna, Austria;
a well known city then and now as a cultural and intellectual Mecca. His Jewish
background, with its emphasis on education, prompted the young scholar to enter the
University of Vienna at age 17. By age 20 Freud had published his first scientific paper.
("Sigmund", DISCovering 1) He lived there for seventy-nine years and he would later call
his childhood a torrent of "long, hard years" and say the "nothing about them was worth
remembering." His early years of want surely contributed to his lifelong sense of
ambition, his self-confessed "chase after money, position, and reputation." In school, he
was first in his class every year. As he wrote, any man "who has been the indisputable
favorite of his mother"; and he was the favorite; "keeps for life the feeling of a
conqueror." After graduation, he pursued a medical degree in Vienna, but instead of
treating patients, he remained in the laboratory doing physiology studies; he was
convinced he would make an important contribution to science. The year was 1882, and he
had met and quickly become engaged to one of his sister's friends, Martha Bernays. He was
26 years old, realized he could not support a family on a researcher's salary, so he and
Martha delayed getting married for more than four years while he established himself. He
accepted a post as clinical assistant in a Vienna hospital. It was the lowest position on
the medical staff, but he rose steadily through the ranks, pursuing many disciplines;
surgery, dermatology, psychiatry; to find one that would both earn him money and stimulate
his creative intellect.

Freud was best known for his analysis of dreams because of the books he wrote such as "The
Interpretation of Dreams" in 1913. (Cook 1224) His book was a standard reading for
psychology students. In April of 1886, Freud having returned to Vienna from Paris,
established his own private medical practice, where he practiced dream therapy. (Cook
1225) He was also well known for his early interest before using cocaine as a therapy
device until the addictive properties of it were discovered. At times, Freud would analyze
himself with dream therapy. He mainly studied the unconscious part of the mind and the
theory of personality and its components. But Freud was dissatisfied with the results of
hypnosis in the treatment of his neurotic patients and he was influenced by his friend and
mentor Josef Breuer, and he turned to the "talking cure" as a means of evoking a catharsis
in his patients. (Cook 1226) In 1895, Freud had figured out a theory based on free
association, where his patients could speak in a relaxed, continuous train of thought.
Sigmund Freud was the founder of psychoanalysis and he practiced it in Vienna for many
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