Sigmund Freud is the father of psychoanalysis and one of the most influential thinkers of the past centuries. He postulated the theory that the human brain is a energy-system and studied the unconscious, human sexuality and repression, to name a few of his interests. His theories were highly controversial at the time and his take on sexuality was even more so. Nevertheless, his progress in the field of psychology could not be ignored. Sigmund Freud was without a doubt one of the brilliant minds of humanity. Here are some facts about Sigmund Freud that you might not know.
- His famous couch was actually a gift from a patient. Though nowadays going to a therapist basically entails lying down on a couch, in those times it was not a pre-requsite. Freud found that it was easier for him to use hypnosis on his patients if they were lying down and a patient made his job easier.
- Sigmund Freud studied the sex lives of eels. While he was a student at the university of Vienna, he studied zoology and a teacher assigned him the task of finding the gonads of male eels, something that eluded zoologists for a long time. Freud was unsuccessful.
- Thieves tried to steal his ashes. After his death in 1939, his ashes were placed in an ancient Greek urn he had received from Bonaparte. In 2004, thieves tried to swipe his ashes and were unsuccessful, yet the urn was damaged.
- The Interpretation of Dreams was a failure. When he first published his book, in 1899, which he considered to be his most significant work, it was a commercial failure. Only 351 copies were sold in six years time and a second edition wasn’t published until 1909.
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