Sigmund Freud

Sigmund Schlomo Freud whose real name at birth was Sigismund,was born on May 6, 1856, in Freiberg, Moravia, now Pribor, in Czech Republic.The son of Jacob and Amalia(who was 20 years younger than her husband).Sigmund had seven younger brothers and sisters.His family constellation was unusual because Freud’s two half-brothers, Emmanuel and Philipp, were almost the same age as his mother. Freud was slightly younger than his nephew John, Emmanuel’s son. This odd situation may have triggered Freud’s interest on family dynamics, leading to his ulterior formulations on the Oedipus Complex.Freud;s family background was Jewish, though his father was a freethinker and Freud himself was an assured atheist.Within his home he was known as the ;golden child;.He was treated with the most respect in his house, one incident in particular is when he was trying to study and his sisters were playing the piano and were told to stop because they were disturbing Sigmund.As a child he would keep written descriptions of his dreams, ironically he would later write one the greatest books on psychology The Interpretation of Dreams.
Sigmund Freud showed signs of independence and brilliance well before entering the University of Vienna in 1873.He had a prodigious memory and loved reading to the point of running himself into debt at various bookstores.As a child Sigmund learned six languages, two of which were self taught.To avoid disruption of his studies, he often ate in his room. When Freud was eight years old, he was reading Shakespeare, Goethe, Kant, Hegel, and Nietzche.Inspired by the scientific investigations of the German poet Goethe, Freud was driven by an intense desire to study natural science and to solve some of the challenging problems confronting contemporary scientists.
Though he was intellectual he still suffered hardship due to him being Jewish.An incident in which Freud remembered in one day his father c…

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