Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Sigmund Freud (1856 - 1939) Was Born

Sigismund Schlomo Freud was an Austrian psychiatrist who founded the psychoanalytic school of psychology. Freud is best known for his theories of the unconscious mind and the defense mechanism of repression and for creating the clinical practice of psychoanalysis for curing psychopathology through dialogue between a patient and a psychoanalyst. Freud is also renowned for his redefinition of sexual desire as the primary motivational energy of human life, as well as his therapeutic techniques, including the use of free association, his theory of transference in the therapeutic relationship, and the interpretation of dreams as sources of insight into unconscious desires. Many of Freud's ideas have fallen out of favor or have been modified by Neo-Freudians, although at the close of the 20th century, advances in the field of neurology began to show evidence for many of his theories.

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Lesson Plan Information
Title: The Interpretation of Dreams
Objectives: Students will understand Freud's arguments that:
1. our dreams contain clues to our hopes, fears, and fantasies.
2. developments in our childhood affect the way we act and the kinds of dreams we have.
Grade Level: 9-12
Subject: Human Body
Materials: Excerpts from The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud.
Time Needed: One class period
Provided by: Discovery Education (Credit: Lara Maupin, Thomas Jefferson High School, Alexandria, Virginia.)

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