Sigmund Freud’s Perspective On Sex, Love & Relationships

“We must reckon with the possibility that something in the nature of the sexual instinct itself is unfavorable to the realization of complete satisfaction” — Sigmund Freud

Krishna V Chaudhary
Lessons from History

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Sigmund Freud was an Austrian neurologist and the founder of psychoanalysis. Psychoanalysis is nothing but a clinical method for treating psychopathology through dialogue between a patient and a psychoanalyst.

Freud is widely considered to be one of the most influential and controversial figures in the history of psychology.

Freud advanced unique views on the unconscious, sexuality, dreams, defense mechanisms, and therapeutic techniques. His thought is perhaps best known for what is known as his ‘sex perspective’, which claimed that all psychological issues have their roots in sexual motivation and development.

The thought of Freud was revolutionary during his days and remains highly influential today.

It was particularly shocking in its focus on the role of sexual drives and development in the formulation of psychological issues. Freud argued that human beings are motivated by two primary drives —

  • the drive to live — Eros,

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Krishna V Chaudhary
Lessons from History

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