Nominee for 20th Century Genius Award

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Sigmund Freud: 20th Century Genius

Lisa Key


April 26, 2012

John Bontempi

Sigmund Freud: Nominee for 20th Century

This document will evaluate the reasons and contributions that Sigmund Freud made during the Age of Modernism and the Age of Pluralism during the 20th century. The significant influences Sigmund Fraud made into many areas that he was not closely connected with will show his qualifications for the 20the Century Genius Award. Sigmund Freud should receive the 20the Century Genius Award because of his influence during his lifetime. The influences still reflected today in just about every aspect of life individuals use; from the evaluations of the way individuals think, art ones sees and evaluates, music individuals hear, and the architectural designs are all influenced by Sigmund Freud.

A synopsis of the individual’s Life and Times

Sigmund Freud was born in the Austro-Hungarian Empire1856 and died in 1939. Freud’s family moved Vienna when he was four. Freud did not care for Vienna but lived there until Germany occupied Vienna. Freud’s family was of the Jewish deceit and his father was a self-proclaimed free thinker. Freud was a devout atheist. Freud was very ambitious and a bright student. He wanted to go into neurophysiological research but in those days unless the individual was wealthy, research was hard to manage. He received his education at the University of Vienna. Freud is the father of Psychoanalysis. Freud once said of himself “I am not at all a man of science, not an observer, not an experimenter, not a thinker. “ I am by temperament nothing but a conquistador,--an adventurer, if you wanted it translated—with all the curiosity, daring and tenacity characteristic of a man of this sort (Sigmund Freud, letter to Wilhelm Fleiss, February 1, 1900).

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