Little did the world know back in the year 1856, that the son of a wool merchant would create history in the world of psychoanalysis? This gifted child, born on May 6 of that year was named Sigismund Schlomo Freud by his Jewish Galician parents residing in the Moravian town of Freiburg, located within the Austrian Empire. The world later on came to recognize this genius by the name of Sigmund Freud.
His mother, Amalié, was his father's second wife. His father was called Jakob. Although the couple was blessed with seven children after Freud, they showered the maximum affection on him. The family saw immense poverty during the economic crisis of 1857 but this did not stop Freud’s parents from providing him with good education. Freud was enrolled into a highly recognized educational institution, the Leopoldstädter Kommunal-Realgymnasium in the year 1865. He excelled as a pupil and graduated with an honors degree in 1873.
Thereafter Freud gained admission into the medical faculty of the University of Vienna and obtained knowledge under the able guidance of the Darwinist Professor, Karl Claus. With the hope of throwing further light on the life cycle of the eel, Freud dissected large numbers of this animal for almost a month at the Austrian zoological research station, in order to gain insight on their male reproductive organs. However, Freud remained unsuccessful in these attempts.Freud was deeply inspired by the works of Franz Brentano and Theodor Lipps. Gradually, the man earned immense fame for Austria as a neurologist who laid down the foundation of the discipline of psychoanalysis. He is remembered even today from his theories involving the unconscious mind and dream interpretation. The man is also famous for deciphering the treatment for cases of psychopathology via open communication between the patient and the psychoanalyst.
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