May 6, 1856: Sigmund Freud is Born
On this day in 1856, the father of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud, was born in the present-day Czech Republic.
Freud explored topics such as child sexuality and libido as well as dream interpretations. He believed that neuroses were derived from past traumatic experiences and in order to lessen the neurotic behavior, one had to remember the event and analyze it. Unlike others, Freud argued that neuroses resulted from previous sexual events.
After reviewing his work and theories, Freud published The Interpretation of Dreams, The Psychopathology of Everyday Life and Three Essays on Theory of Sexuality. To this day, Freud’s work is constantly debated and criticized, but continues to influence the world of psychology.
Keep learning about Freud with this biographical essay.
Image: Freud at work in his study 1938, Freud with sons Ernst and Martin 1916, Freud at a psychoanalytic congress in The Hague 1920 (Library of Congress)