This page features a collection of the best resources on Sigmund Freud. To get started, simply choose the type of resource that best suits your learning style.
If you want an academic overview of Freud:
- Read the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy article on Sigmund Freud. However it’s quite long at around 6500 words. Here’s a short excerpt that introduces Freud:
“Sigmund Freud, the father of psychoanalysis, was a physiologist, medical doctor, psychologist and influential thinker of the early twentieth century. Working initially in close collaboration with Joseph Breuer, Freud elaborated the theory that the mind is a complex energy-system, the structural investigation of which is the proper province of psychology. He articulated and refined the concepts of the unconscious, infantile sexuality and repression, and he proposed a tripartite account of the mind’s structure—all as part of a radically new conceptual and therapeutic frame of reference for the understanding of human psychological development and the treatment of abnormal mental conditions….”
If you’re looking for a somewhat shorter and more engaging introduction:
- Read David Livingstone Smith’s article: From philosophy to psychoanalysis: a classic Freudian move [2600 words]
If you’d prefer a video introduction:
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While these resources are a great starting point, there’s only so much you can learn by using free online resources. If you want to learn more, check out this list of the best books on Sigmund Freud.
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