Freudian

adjective Freud·ian \ ˈfrȯi-dē-ən \

Definition of Freudian

:of, relating to, or according with the psychoanalytic theories or practices of Sigmund Freud

Freudian

noun

Freudianism

play \ˈfrȯi-dē-ə-ˌni-zəm\ noun

First Known Use of freudian

1910


FREUDIAN Defined for English Language Learners

Freudian

adjective

Definition of Freudian for English Language Learners

  • : of, relating to, or following the theories of Sigmund Freud

  • : relating to or coming from very deeply hidden desires or feelings


Medical Dictionary

Freudian

adjective Freud·ian \ ˈfrȯid-ē-ən \

medical Definition of Freudian

:of, relating to, or according with the psychoanalytic theories or practices of Freud

Freudian

noun

Freudianism

play \-ə-ˌniz-əm\ noun

Biographical Note for freudian

  • Freud play \ˈfrȯid\, Sigmund (1856–1939), Austrian neurologist and psychiatrist. Freud was the founder of psychoanalysis. He began his study of hysteria with Josef Breuer, whose method of treatment was hypnosis. From 1892 to 1895 Freud developed treatment by the technique of free association of ideas. He came to believe that a complex of repressed and forgotten impressions underlies all abnormal mental states such as hysteria, and that a cure could be affected by a revelation of these impressions. His work in this area convinced him of the fact of infantile sexuality. He also developed a theory that dreams are an unconscious representation of repressed desires, especially sexual desires. In 1900 he published his greatest work, The Interpretation of Dreams.

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