Biography - Sigmund Freud: Analysis of a Mind (A&E DVD Archives)
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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).Read more ›
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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I was skeptical at first, although when I saw the performance it was really magical like going back in time and seeing Freud's life. What a magnificent performance. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Pete
Just perfect for my purposes -- gives biography of Freud, delving beyond our classroom textbook, and also includes synopses of his theories. Read morePublished on January 15, 2012 by Anonymous in NY