Sigmund Freud is perhaps the most popular name in psychology. Looking at the effects of his childhood, the relationships with his parents, and his aspirations to do research on human behavior, it is apparent that he had much to pull from when forming his ideas From his theory of defense mechanisms to his psychosexual stages theory, Freud’s ideas were groundbreaking for his time. There are however limitations to his theories and their validity for today’s world are questionable. Even so, it is evident that much of his early work had a profound effect on the theories that had been developed after his and though there is much criticism of his work, there is no debating that he was the father of psychology. Sigmund had a special relationship with his mother. As he got older and more informed about psychological things, he analyzed his feelings and relationship dealing with his mother. “. He came to realize that, as a boy, he had wanted to marry his mother, and saw his father as a rival for her love. Freud understood his own wishes to be universal among all boys in all cultures.”(Grubin, 2002). This was later known as the Oedipus Complex. (the wanting to kill your father and marry your mother).
Later Freud married a woman by the name of Martha Bernays, and after she was almost constantly pregnant, giving birth to six children. She raised their children and managed their household while Freud attended to his medical practice and researched his theories.
Freud loved research and at one point in his young life he aspired to become a medical doctor although this was not what he truly wanted to do with his life. He was interested in science above all; the idea of practicing medicine was slightly repugnant to him. He hoped to go into neurophysiological research, but pure research was hard to manage in those days unless you were independently wealthy. Sigmund Freud’s work and theories helped shape our views of childhood, personality,...