Sigmund Freud's Theories

McKenna Elwell & Mackenzie Taylor

About Freud

  • Freud was born in Frieberg, Moravia in 1856

  • When he was four years old his family moved to Vienna

  • Freud was one of the most influential people of the 20th century

  • His legacy has influenced not only psychology, but art and literature as well

  • Founding father of psychoanalysis (method for treating mental illness)

Freud's Theories

Unconscious Mind Theory

  • Freud developed a model of the mind, where he described the features of the mind’s structure and function

  • Freud used the analogy of an iceberg to describe the three levels of the mind

  • Surface = Consciousness. Consists of those thoughts that are the focus of our attention now, (seen as the tip of the iceberg)

  • Middle = Precociousness. Consists of all which can be retrieved from memory

  • Bottom = Unconscious. Consists the processes that are the real cause of most behavior

  • Like an iceberg, the most important part of the mind is the part you cannot see.

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Freud theory: id, superego, and ego


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