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Biography - Sigmund Freud: Analysis of a Mind (A&E DVD Archives) (2004)

Sigmund Freud , Biography  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Sigmund Freud, Biography
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: A&E Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: July 1, 2004
  • Run Time: 50 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002V7NZM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,723 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The life and times of the father of psychoanalysis August 7, 2004
Format:VHS Tape
This is a very interesting look at the life of Sigmund Freud, the father of psychoanalysis and, to some, the "doctor of love." It is, of course, a look at his life and not an analysis of his work and ideas - while it certainly mentions many of Freud's theories, ideas, and publications, it does not go into an in-depth analysis of them. I tend to think of Freud as this wildly successful, albeit controversial, psychologist lounging back in his office chair with a cigar, nodding toward a patient lying on a nearby couch, and generally basking in his great fame and accomplishments. This is not really the case, however, as this video makes clear.

I knew nothing about Freud's childhood. After his birth, he lived in a one-room abode with a father in his early 40s, a mother in her early 20s, and two step-brothers as old as his mother. In the next few years, six more children would be born, but when the family moved to Vienna, Sigmund enjoyed the comforts of his own room and a doting the less precocious children were denied. Born a Jew, the anti-Semitism around him spurred him on to ever greater efforts at learning, and before entering medical school he spoke six languages and had been recording his dreams for a number of years. He wanted to do research, but a quota on Jews in this field made this impossible; he decided to become a doctor, and he chose to work in the field of nervous disorders primarily because such doctors were in short supply and he was anxious to establish himself and marry his sweetheart (the courtship was an interesting one characterized as exceedingly Victorian).
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing January 3, 2002
By Dan
Format:VHS Tape
I think this video probably needed to be 2 hours instead of 1. The coverage of Freud's major contributions/concepts is much too superficial--it also presumes previous knowledge. For example, "libido" is mentioned but the video fails to describe what Freud meant by that term. His conceptualization of personality (i.e., the id, ego, and superego) is never mentioned! Some interesting details about Freud's personal life, but the video fails to capture his theories and the controversies surrounding them.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars it gave a brief synopsis of freud August 2, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I thought that the video didn't go into detail of explaning his profound theories.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Material on Freud January 2, 2010
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
The is a DVD of an A&E Biography program about Freud from about ten years ago. But the age of the program is not at all a negative. This program does a good job of exposing the viewers to many aspects of the life of Sigmund Freud, who is probably one of the most misunderstood and misinterpreted of the early founders of Psychology. This program not only talks about Freud's work and his background, but puts it in perspective of the times. Having been to the Sigmund Freud Museum in Vienna, this program is very accurate in its description of Freud, his life and his relationships. This is another video that I will show to Psychology majors taking my History of Psychology class. I highly recommend it if you are a student of psychology or just want to get a better understanding of Freud.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Introduction to Freud May 15, 2013
This is an excellent introduction to Freud's life and his concepts.
I show this to my introductory psychology students each semester.
It begins with his unusual family structure (Mom same age as his half-brothers) and his incredible intelligence as a child (6 languages by age 12!).
He wanted to be a research scientist, but the university had a quota on Jews, so he had to be a medical doctor instead.
The cocaine episode is covered fully and fairly, as is his development of several aspects of his theory of psychoanalysis, free assocation, dream analysis, and slips.
His sexuality is compared to his ideas about sex.
We learn that he smoked 20 to 25 cigars a day, and had 33 operations for cancer, and never understood women.
It shows how the times he lived in shaped his ideas about human nature.
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