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Sigmund Freud (1856-1939) was an Austrian neurologist and the founder of psychoanalysis. He is widely regarded as one of the most influential thinkers of the 20th century, and his ideas have had a significant impact on the fields of psychology, psychiatry, and cultural studies.

Freud developed a theory of the human mind that emphasized the role of the unconscious in shaping behavior and personality. He believed that unconscious desires and conflicts could manifest themselves in a variety of symptoms, including anxiety, depression, and other forms of mental illness.

Freud developed a method of psychotherapy known as psychoanalysis, which involved exploring the patient’s unconscious thoughts and emotions through free association, dream analysis, and other techniques. He also developed a theory of personality that emphasized the role of unconscious drives and motivations, including the id, ego, and superego.

Freud’s ideas have been influential in a wide range of fields, including literature, art, and popular culture. However, his theories and methods have also been criticized for their lack of empirical evidence and scientific rigor, and continue to be the subject of debate among psychologists and other scholars.