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Sigmund Freud (1856-1939) was a leading thinker in psychology and is considered to be the founding father of psychoanalysis. We take a look at Freud's theories of personality development, his psychodynamic approach and the case studies he used to support his theories.

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31 Psychological Defense Mechanisms Explained

A look at common defense mechanisms we employ to protect the ego.

Defense Mechanisms: Psychological Techniques We Use to Cope With Anxieties

An exploration of the psychological defense mechanisms we use to cope with anxious situations.

Case Studies of Sigmund Freud

Introduction to Sigmund Freud's case histories, including Little Hans, Anna O and Wolf Man.

Wolf Man

A history of Wolf Man, a client of the psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud.

Inside the Mind of Daniel Schreber

A look at Sigmund Freud's interpretation of Daniel Schreber's fantasies detailed in Memoirs of My Nervous Illness.

Defense Mechanisms Quiz

Test your knowledge of defense mechanisms in psychology with this revision quiz.

Freudian Personality Type Test

What's your personality type? Find out with this test.

Sigmund Freud Revision Quiz

Test your knowledge of Sigmund Freud and Freudian psychology with this revision quiz.

Evaluation of Freud

Advantages and criticism of Freudian theory.

Free Association

The technique used by Freud in his treatment of clients.

Introduction to Freud

Who was Freud and why was he so influential?

The Neo-Freudians

What movement arose from Freud's original theories?

Neo-Freudian Psychologists

Proponents of neo-Freudian theory.

Psychosexual Theory

Freud's reputation for sexually-oriented theories on our behavior was confounded by his theory of psychosexual development.

Sigmund Freud

Who was Sigmund Freud and how did his theories become so influential in psychology?

Carl Jung: Archetypes and Analytical Psychology

Exploring the realm of Carl Jung's collective unconscious and the archetypes that live within it.

Psychodynamic Approach

How Freud's theories of the human psyche seek to explain the influence of our subconscious.

Rat Man: A Case of 'Obsessional Neurosis'

Case study of Sigmund Freud's client Rat Man (Ernst Lanzer), whose obsessive thoughts helped Freud to develop his theories.

Dora Case Study

A look at the background and dreams of Sigmund Freud's well-known patient, Dora.

The Case of Little Hans

How Freud used a boy's horse phobia to support his theories.

Anna O: Sigmund Freud's Case History

The life and case study of Anna O: how Sigmund Freud was influenced by one woman's experiences.

  Freud Timeline
  • 1856
    Sigmund Freud, founder of psychoanalysis, is born in modern Czech Republic.
  • 1882
    Following university, Freud begins working at Vienna General Hospital.
  • 1899
    Freud publishes The Interpretation of Dreams, looking at meanings behind dreams.
  • 1923
    Freud publishes The Ego and the Id, an exploration of the development stages of the 'id', 'ego' and 'super-ego'.
  • 1938
    Freud flees Vienna due to Nazi persecution and moves to London.
  • 1939
    Sigmund Freud dies in London.