“No one who disdains the key will ever be able to unlock the door.”
— Sigmund Freud
He was a thinker who helped us understand that why our lives are full of so much of confusion and pain. He told us why life is hard. He told us how to cope. His own life was full of traumas and anxieties. As he used to say, “The chief patient I am preoccupied with is myself.” He was convinced that he would die between 61 and 62. In fact, he had a phobia of these numbers. Well, contrary to that he died at the age of 83.
Sigismund Schlomo Freud was born to a middle-class Jewish family on May 6, 1856. His professional life was not an immediate success. He got his medical degree in 1881 from University of Vienna. During his medical days, he dissected hundreds of eels to locate their reproductive organ but was unsuccessful. He also tried to promote cocaine as a medical drug but it proved to be perilous and addictive. He finally found his discipline later that brought him all the laurels. He called this new psychological medicine- Psychoanalysis.
By amalgamating the hidden infantile and childhood inceptions of our adult beliefs, behaviors and fantasies, and by acknowledging that most of this material remains latent in the depths of our unconscious mind, Sigmund Freud bequeathed to us a rich, detailed and provocative psychology which, once absorbed, has the ability to improve our sensitivity to ourselves and others, to deepen our creativities, and to enhance the fabric of our lives. He described the conflicts between 3 parts of our brain. The ‘Id’, driven by the pleasure principle, ‘Superego’ driven by a desire to follow the rules, and do the right thing according to the society and the ‘Ego’ which has to somehow accommodate between the two.
Freud is best known as the father of psychoanalysis. He was a physiologist, medical doctor and psychologist who spent most of his life in Vienna, Austria. He developed revolutionary ideas about the unconscious mind, repression and the meaning of dreams, and the clinical method of treatment through dialogue.
Of all the great figures of psychology, perhaps Sigmund Freud is the most important. We all speak Freud; every time, when we talk about relationships. Every day when we let our ego, take control. Sigmund Freud had a complex relationship with history but he solved the puzzle of relationship for the rest of the world. He was at times, abuser of certain substances, but the truth is that he was the one who dared to disclose what really lies within our mind.