Essay about Sigmund Freud 's Theory Of Psychology

990 Words May 5th, 2016 4 Pages
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that I find Sigmund Freud to be one of the greatest influences to psychology. Many of his ideas were very controversial but, I believe have helped to open many gateways for the path that psychology is on today. Freud heightened the idea of the unconscious and really shed more light on it, while bringing more about it into perspective. The unconscious, sexuality, psychological energy, psychological resistance were all someone else’s ideas before Freud’s but as stated by Shiraev Freud put these ideas together in a new and creative way (2015). See from the unconscious Freud stemmed the idea of psychoanalysis. McLeod states that psychoanalysis is often known as the talking cure (2013). Shiraev states that the initial process included free association in which the patient reproduces thoughts and images that occur in them freely (2015).

This method was used to help Freud in one of his first famous cases called the case of Anna O. Anna O. suffered from hysteria, a condition in which the patient exhibits physical symptoms (e.g. paralysis, convulsions, hallucinations, loss of speech) without an apparent physical cause (McLeod, 2013). However, when Anna went to see her therapist Breuer it seemed that her symptoms were talked away. Freud and Breuer proposed that her unsettling memories were a trace of unsettling memories that she was trying to suppress (Shiraev, 2015). This led Freud to think that many early traumatic experience, especially sexual…

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