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Sigmund Freud, born Sigismund Schlomo Freud

(1856 - )

    Biography:

    Austrian Psychologist, Neurologist, Originator of Psychoanalysis

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    'Anxiety' describes a particular state of expecting the danger or preparing for it, even though it may be an unknown one. 'Fear' requires a definite object of which to be afraid. 'Fright', however, is the name we give to the state a person gets into when he has run into danger without being prepared for it; it emphasizes the factor of surprise.
    A belligerent state permits itself every such misdeed, every such act of violence, as would disgrace the individual.
    A certain degree of neurosis is of inestimable value as a drive, especially to a psychologist.
    A child in its greed for love does not enjoy having to share the affection of its parents with its brothers and sisters; and it notices that the whole of their affection is lavished upon it once more whenever it arouses their anxiety by falling ill. It has now discovered a means of enticing out its parents' love and will make use of that means as soon as it has the necessary psychical material at its disposal for producing an illness.
    A child sucking at his mother's breast has become the prototype of every relation of love. The finding of an object is in fact a refinding of it; and, furthermore, introducing object loss as an unavoidable step in the path to mental evolution, that it is only later that the instinct loses that object, just at the time, perhaps, when the child is able to form a total idea of the person to whom the organ that is giving him satisfaction belongs.
    A civilization which leaves so large a number of its participants unsatisfied and drives them into revolt neither has nor deserves the prospect of a lasting existence.
    A fear of weapons is a sign of retarded sexual and emotional maturity.
    A hero is a man who stands up manfully against his father and in the end victoriously overcomes him.
    A layman will no doubt find it hard to understand how pathological disorders of the body and mind can be eliminated by 'mere' words. He will feel that he is being asked to believe in magic. And he will not be so very wrong, for the words which we use in our everyday speech are nothing other than watered-down magic. But we shall have to follow a roundabout path in order to explain how science sets about restoring to words a part at least of their former magical power.
    A love that does not discriminate seems to me to forfeit a part of its own value, by doing an injustice to its object; and secondly, not all men are worthy of love.
    First Name: 
    Sigmund
    Last Name: 
    Freud, born Sigismund Schlomo Freud
    Birth Date: 
    1856
    Death Date: 
    1939
    Bio: 
    Austrian Psychologist, Neurologist, Originator of Psychoanalysis