Sunday, February 3, 2013
Sigmund Freud, (1856 – 1939) Austrian scholar, physiologist, neurologist, psychologist, and influential thinker of the 20th century is the father of psychoanalysis and founder of the psychodynamic approach to psychology. Freud’s research and knowledge allowed him to develop thoughts and theories, which laid the foundation for several continuing schools of thought in psychology. The theoretical positions of Freud were concepts of repression, unconscious, and infantile sexuality. Ground-breaking at the time, these concepts accounted for the structure of the mind. Freud’s concepts were a tool for teaching and for understanding the psychological development in patients, and used for diagnosis and treatment of abnormal mental conditions (Stipkovich, 2012). Some individuals consider Freud’s theories and thoughts radical but different versions of the fundamentals of psychoanalysis traced to his original work.
Freud’s theories, concepts, human actions diagnosis, human dreams diagnosis, and cultural artifacts unequivocally contain relevance proving accomplishment in his research (Stipkovich, 2012). This also showed a positive influence in different disciplines, such as psychology, semiotics, and anthropology. Stipkovich (2012), “despite all of Freud’s influences, interests and accomplishments, his claim that psychoanalysis is a successful science of the mind, is still a subject of many debates and even more controversy” (p. 1). ). Freud's theories and concepts helped shape the views of memory, sexuality, childhood, personality, and therapy, which laid the foundation for some to contribute to his legacy and for other’s to develop theories and concepts in opposition of his work.
Stipkovich, A. (2012). AND Magazine. Retrieved from http://www.andmagazine.com/content/and_4603.php