10 Interesting Facts About Sigmund Freud

Little known, Amazing & Interesting Facts About Sigmund Freud

Sigmund FreudThe name Sigmund Freud is one of those names that can be categorized as the names of the most famous thinkers in psychology history. Even though many of his ideas and theories are not widely accepted by modern psychologists, yet he played a major role in the development of psychology. Here are a few little known and interesting facts about Sigmund Freud that you may not be aware of-

Interesting Facts About Sigmund Freud

#1: The Pseudonym Patient

Freud’s studies have a mention of Anna O, who was a pseudonymous patient of his. However her real last name was Pappenheim and the famous Freudian phase, known as “the talking cure” was coined by her.

#2: The Inspiration

Freud read a book named “The Art of Becoming an Original Writer in Three Days”, by the author Ludwig Borne. It is a distinct possibility that the idea for his famous concept of “free association” came from that book.

#3: The Misconception

Georg Groddeck, the physician is known to have published a book in the year 1923 in which he mentioned the concept of “das es”. Freud credited Groddeck in his famous book “Das Ich und das Es”. But most people believe it to be a Freudian concept.

#4: The Famous Patients

All of us know of the famous composer Gustav Mahler, but am sure that very few would know of his impotency that Freud treated.

#5: Multilingual

Sigmund Freud was multilingual and spoke German, Greek, Hebrew, Latin, English, Spanish, French and Italian. I wonder if there are any more languages left that he didn’t know of.


#6: The False Obsession

Sometimes our beliefs can make us think the stupidest of things. And this is a pretty common scenario with a lot of us. Amongst the lot there is also Sigmund Freud, who had an obsession for the number 51 and believed that he would die at that age. However once he crossed that milestone safely, he began to think that 62 was the age. However none of these numbers are any special as he died at the age of 83.

#7: Not Much of a Feminist

Freud strongly believed that amongst the two sexes, women were the inferior ones and had classified homosexuality as a disorder that was rooted in the psyche. I really wonder what do all the gay people think of him.

#8: Drug Abuse

Freud was fascinated with cocaine, and abused it for over 12 years of his life but is supposed to have discontinued using it from the year 1896.

#9: Straight Forward

Another interesting fact about Sigmund Freud is that he is known to have been a very straight forward man who very openly rejected anyone who disagreed with him either personally or professionally.

#10: Death

The cocaine abuse finally got to him and he eventually died of mouth and jaw cancer.

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