Historical Who is Who

FREUD, Sigmund

1856 - 1939

Probably the most pervasively influential name in Western psychology, known especially for his development of psychoanalysis as exposing human action as determined not by human reason but by unconscious drives and interests. These drives are mainly libidinal sexual energies, which are surfaced principally in doodles and dreams – or the occasional verbal ‘slip’. Both ethics and religion are exposed as rationalisations. Thus, moral sensitivity in the form of conscience is the introjection of parental prohibition, and religious sense either wishful thinking in place of disillusion with human carers or mystical retreat to pre-birth warmth and oneness.  




Freud speaks (3 mins) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G5-sBVWDoxE

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