Women in Psychology
November 15, 2010
Women in Psychology
There have been many influential women throughout history some have been philosophers, scientist, doctors, and queens. Jane Addams who was the first women to be honored with a Nobel Peace Prize, or Margaret Sanger who was an advocate for family planning and birth control. Women have ruled over countries, some quite successfully, Cleopatra for example or Queen Victoria. There have been adventurous women whom sparked debate over many subjects like Amelia Earhart, or Marilyn Monroe. All of these mentioned women and more have influenced changes in such fields as philosophy, politics, science, and psychology. In this paper however the discussion will be on the life and contributions of Anna Freud one of the founding mothers of psychology.
In Vienna on December 3, 1895 Anna Freud the youngest daughter bore to the great psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud and his wife Martha. Anna was the youngest of six children, who was often labeled as the trouble maker. Martha and Anna never really had much of a relationship; Anna was always closer to her father. Anna and her sister where known to squabble for their father’s affection. The Cottage Lyceum is where Anna received her education and later taught there until an outbreak of tuberculosis hit the school. Sigmund Freud once conducted psychoanalysis on Anna which began in 1918 and was finished in 1922, even though Anna was always interested in her father’s work after her psychoanalysis her passion for the field grew.
Anna Freud began her own psychoanalysis practice with children around 1923, soon after she began teaching at the Vienna Psychoanalytic Training Institute. Working with children was Anna’s forte and specialty. During the Nazi invasion of Vienna the Freud family moved to London. The war had devastated most of the European countries leaving children homeless and without the care of parents. Some of these orphans made their way...