Sigmund Freud

Father of Psychoanalysis

Life, Death, and Background

Lived from 1856–1939


  • Attended University of Vienna to become a doctor of medicine.
  • Did research on cerebral palsy, aphasia and microscopic neuro-anatomy.
  • Went into private practice, starting with hypnosis and then moving to psychoanalysis later.
  • Had a wife Martha Bernays, six children, and is said to of had an affair with his sister-in-law.
  • Tried to use cocaine in medicine with many implications.


Psychoanalysis Contribution

Founder of Psychoanalysis

Sigmund Freud was the founder of psychoanalysis. Psychoanalysis is a theory dealing with someone's personality that focuses on the repressed or unconscious impulses, anxieties, and internal conflicts and how those effect how you act or feel about things. This basically interprets to what is done to or around you shapes how you act toward certain situations and people. Most of how you act is unconscious or not thought through, so you go on impulses which are shaped by experiences. He developed his theory by having people talk about themselves and he would interpret the role of their unconscious mind on their behaviors.


Other terms associated with him


  • Personality/ personality development
  • Clinical psychology
  • Human development
  • Abnormal Psychology