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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97% of students recommend

  “Another excellent course by Dr. McGrath! Well-organized, clearly-explained, compelling—I learned so much about Freud in this course! I hope this author will continue to write more module courses like this on his field of expertise!”

  “A superb introduction to the subject of Sigmund Freud. The course gives a great overview that whets your appetite to learn more. The presenter defined each theory using easily understood language and made sure that each lesson did not try to introduce too much at one time. I heartily recommend this course!!”

  “This is a very good material shedding light on one of the most notable yet controversial persona of the 20th century.”


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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