The theories of Sigmund Freud

This course is designed to introduce you to the life of Sigmund Freud and to explore a few of his most significant ideas and theories. As one of the most prominent theorists in the history of psychology, Freud pioneered the design and implementation of talk therapy as a method for treating mental illness. In this course, you will learn more about Freud the person, his background, his beliefs, and his legacy. In addition, this course will provide a detailed overview of Freud’s key theories on the unconscious, human development, and personality. We will also discuss psychoanalysis, the first form of talk therapy that heavily contributed to the development of modern-day psychotherapy. After completing this course, you will have obtained a more in-depth understanding of Freud’s life, as well as his contributions to psychology and the treatment of mental illness.

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   Teacher: Dr. Daniel McGrath


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Course plan

Lesson 1. Who Was Sigmund Freud?
Lesson 2. The Unconscious
Lesson 3. The Development of Psychoanalysis
Lesson 4. Interpretation of Dreams
Lesson 5. The Structure of Personality: Id, Ego, and Superego
Lesson 6. Anxiety and the Defense Mechanisms
Lesson 7. Stages of Psychosexual Development: Early Childhood
Lesson 8. Stages of Psychosexual Development: Later Childhood
Lesson 9. The Neo-Freudians
Lesson 10. The Legacy of Sigmund Freud and Psychoanalysis
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  • Format
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  • Duration
    10 days
  • Time
    5 minutes reading a day

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