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Sigmund Freud's Life and Studies

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"Sigmund Freud was born on May 6, 1856, in the small Moravian town of Freiberg" . His father was a merchant, and his mother was his father's third wife. Freud and his family moved to the city of Vienna when he was almost four. This was the initial stages of the Hapsburg empire's liberal era. A lot of religious restrictions and unfair taxes targeted on the Jewish community were repealed. This created a feeling hope that affected the new generation of Jews, including Freud.





Freud was a brilliant student and always placed at the top of his class. In 1873, Freud entered the University of Vienna to initially study law. However, as Freud would put it later, his "greed for knowledge" made him change his major to medicine. Although Freud was more interested in studying the philosophical-scientific aspects of the mind. He especially became interested in neurology and


                                          physiology and finally graduated in 1881. Freud's research was based on close observations and


                                          scientific skepticism.





                                          However, this skeptical quality was not appreciated by all of his mentors. One mentor especially, Ernst


                                          Brucke, did not like Freud's ideas at all. He even advised Freud to take a lowly position at the Vienna


                                          General Hospital. Freud took this position, but his decision was influenced by certain personal events


                                          that would change his life. Freud was secretly engaged to Martha Bernays (one of his sister's friends),


                                          but he did not have enough money to provide a respectable middle class household that his fiancee


                                          thought was necessary. In 1886, Freud finally was able to...

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