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Transcript of Anna Freud
NAME: Anna Freud
BIRTH DATE: December 03, 1895
DEATH DATE: October 09, 1982
PLACE OF BIRTH: Vienna, Austria
PLACE OF DEATH: London, England
Daughter of Sigmund and Martha Freud
Growing up in the 20th Century
led a complicated life in her father’s shadow.
followed in her father's footsteps
great interest in studying psychoanalysis.
Sigmund was diagnosed with malignant cancer
she continued to stay by his side while still working.
After her father had passed she helped complete his work.
Pioneering the field of child psychoanalysis and further defined the function of the ego in psychology.
Best Known for
remained faithful to the basic ideas her father developed.
more interested in the dynamics of the psyche than in its structure,
particularly fascinated by the place of the ego in all this.
(Sigmund spent most of his efforts on the id and the unconscious side of psychic life. )
Anna pointed out that: the ego is the "seat of observation" from which we observe the work of the id and the superego and the unconscious generally, and deserves study in its own right.
The Writings of Anna Freud,
a seven-volume collection of her books and papers, including
The Ego and the Mechanisms of Defense
and her work on the analysis of children and adolescents.
Anna Freud's Work
known not to get too technical in most of her works, + uses many interesting case studies as examples.
influenced research in Freudian psychology.
standardized the records for children with diagnostic profiles, encouraged the pooling of observations from multiple analysts, and encouraged long-term studies of development from early childhood through adolescence.
Led the way in the use of natural experiments, careful analysis of groups of children who suffered from similar disabilities
Most of her contributions to the study of personality come out of her work at the
Hamstead Child Therapy Clinic in London
, which she helped to establish.
Freud found that one of the biggest problems was communication among therapists
Freud consistently fought to apply the theories of psychoanalysis to the practical problems of children. Particularly with children with disabilities, including the blind, handicapped, and deprived as well as those troubled by minor problems.
Anna was the youngest daughter of 6 children.
During WWII she studied the development of homeless children.
In her late 20's, Freud became a psychoanalyst without acquiring a medical degree.
Freud never got married or had children.
She made a difference- Without her work, psychoanalysis would not be what it is today.