Sigmund Freud (1856-1939), commonly referred to as "the father of psychoanalysis" was an Austrian neurologist and is generally recognized as one of the most influential and authoritative thinkers of the twentieth century. He remains a well-recognised figure and he and his ideas are still frequently referenced in pop culture. Freud has been influential in two related but distinct ways. He simultaneously developed a theory of the human mind and human behaviour, as well as clinical techniques for attempting to help neurotics. He popularised the ideas of the unconscious, defense mechanisms, Freudian slips and dream symbolism, while also making a long-lasting impact on fields as diverse as literature, film, Marxist and feminist theories, literary criticism, philosophy and psychology.
Interpretation has changed over time
Freud's beliefs are still highly influential and frequently discussed.
Repression is to push down previous traumas on an unconscious level.Explore
Perhaps Freud's most famous theory, Freud had very controversial views on the construction of sexuality.Explore
Conscious and unconscious
The mind is divided into the unconscious and the conscious. Freud's work focused on bringing thoughts from the unconscious to the conscious.Explore
Freud's beliefs were problematic
A lot of his beliefs and behaviour are considered problematic today.