Monday, November 23, 2015
Sigmund Freud's Theories of the Mind
Sigmund Freud was the founder of psychoanalysis, or a method of treating mental illness. He spent much of his life studying the brain and how it reacts to emotions. The case of Anna O was one such example of his feats in psychology. Anna was a patient of Dr. Josef Breuer, who suffered from bouts of hysteria. After consulting with Breuer, Freud developed a theory that physical symptoms were just a manifestation of repressed conflicts in the sick person's mind. This resulted in his idea that there are three levels of the mind.