Sigmund Freud may be called the most influential thinker of his time. His creation of psychoanalysis was at once a theory that people took as if it was the bible. His ideas were therapy for the relief of its ills, and a way to interpret culture and society. Despite repeated criticisms, attempted disqualifications of Freud's work, his theories remained well known and used after his death. One idea on how Freud did think up his somewhat taboo ideas for that time, is the stems of his childhood.
Sigmund Freud was born into a Jewish family with a mother, father, and two half brothers. His father, Jakob, seemed to be a somewhat remote person, and definitely the authoritarian figure in the household. His mother was much more nurturing and emotional with Sigmund. In 1859 the Freud family was compelled for economic reasons to move to Leipzig and then a year later to Vienna, where the family stayed until the Nazi annexation of Austria 78 years later. Although Freud didn’t like Vienna, partly because of the Anti-Semite feeling, psychoanalysis reflected in many ways the culture and political environment contained there. One example of this is Freud’s theory on paternal authority’s vulnerability could have been a reflection of the decline in power of the Habsburg empire suffered by his fathers generation. Another example of this was his preoccupation of the theme of the seduction of daughters by their fathers. This is thought to have stemmed from complicated ways of Viennese attitudes towards female sexuality.
After graduating from the Sperl Gymnasium, Freud went on to the University of Vienna, where he worked with one of the leading physiologists of their times, Ernst von Brucke. In 1882 Freud entered into the General Hospital in Vienna as a clinical assistant to gain experience from the psychiatrist Theodor Meynert. Then in 1885, Freud became the lecturer in neuropathology after finishing research on the bra...