Sigmund Freud, Austrian psychologist

Sigmund Freud, Austrian psychologist


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Sigmund Freud (1856-1939), Austrian psychologist, caricature artwork. Freud established the idea that mental disorders could have psychological as well as physiological causes. He theorised that the human mind contains both conscious and unconscious levels. Unpleasant memories are repressed and stored unconsciously, but they still affect the behaviour of a patient. Freud analysed dreams to study this unconscious level. His studies led him to believe that sexual impulses were responsible for irrational thoughts and behaviour (neuroses). Artwork, done in pencil, is from 1956, by Ben Shahn (1898-1969).

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