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A Different Outlook on Life At some point in your life you have probably heard the term ‘Oedipus Complex’. Maybe you heard it on a television show or vaguely remember talking about it in a college psychology class. Sigmund Freud, a great psychologist, discovered the Oedipus complex. It is the longing desire for the opposite sex parent and to eliminate the same sex parent. Through this study, Freud concluded that sexual drive is the strongest natural drive in humans (Science Odyssey). “Anatomy is destiny.” This easily sums up and describes Sigmund Freud’s viewpoints on his studies throughout his life. For as much neurological studies Freud conducted, he was a very interesting man. He has a very twisted way of looking in at life; especially due to his background. Sigismund Schlomo Freud was born into the Austrian Empire (now present day Czech Republic) on May 6, 1856 (Wikipedia). His father, Jakob, was a Jewish wool merchant and was married to his third wife, Amalie. He has two, much older half brothers named, Emmanuel and Phillipp (Sigmund). A few years after being born, Sigmund’s father relocated his family to Vienna. Back then Jews in Vienna who went to higher schooling could choose to be either a lawyer or a doctor. Sigmund Freud decided that he wanted to study medicine at the University of Vienna, even though he was not very interested in it. He always did very well in his classes and excelled in all the material. When he graduated he did so with private practice and a specialty in neurology. Finally, in 1886 Freud opened his 1
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own private practice office with a specialization in nervous and brain disorders (Science Odyssey). It was here that they first started using the idea of using a couch during psychology sessions. The idea behind this was to show that if a person does not physically have to look someone in the eye while talking, they are much more likely to open up and tell you more information. Also, in 1886, Sigmund Freud married his long time companion, Martha Berrays (Sigmund). Sigmund and Martha had six children together. The oldest was Mathilde, followed by Jean-Martin, Olivier, Ernst, Sophie, and last was Anna (Science Odyssey). Sigmund Freud’s father was of the Jewish religion and tried to bring his family up that way as well. While living in Vienna, Sigmund Freud
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