Sigmund Freud

Sigmund Freud

Sigmund Freud was born on May 6, 1856 in the Czech Republic. He failed as a medical student, but gained fame for later inventing psychoanalysis.


from The School of Life

Key Facts In This Video

  • 1

    Freud proposed that we are all driven by the Pleasure Principle, which leads us towards easy rewards and away from the unpleasant, like drudgery and discipline. (1:18)

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    Freud described a conflict between three parts of our minds: the Id (driven by the Pleasure Principle), the Superego (the desire to do what society says is right), and the Ego (which has to negotiate between the other two). (2:07)

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    In Freud's psychoanalysis, he tried to treat patients' neuroses by examining their dreams, slips of the tongue, and even jokes. (5:45)

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