From early childhood, she did not get on with her mother and felt very jealous of her immediately elder sister. She admired her father greatly and by the age of fourteen already showed a real interest for psychoanalysis. In she started work as a primary school teacher, a vocation she greatly enjoyed, but which was cut short when she contracted tuberculosis. During her protracted recovery she read the writings of Freud and his colleagues, which galvanised her determination to become a psychoanalyst.
She also made fundamental contributions to understanding how the ego, or consciousnessfunctions in averting painful ideas, impulses, and feelings. The youngest daughter of Sigmund FreudAnna was devoted to her father and enjoyed an intimate association with developing psychoanalytic theory and practice.
As a young woman she taught elementary school, and her daily observation of children drew her to child psychology. While serving as chairman of the Vienna Psycho-Analytic Society —28she published a paper outlining her approach to child psychoanalysis.
The principal human defense mechanismshe indicated, is repressionan unconscious process that develops as the young child learns that some impulses, if acted upon, could prove dangerous to himself. The work also was a pioneer effort in the development of adolescent psychology.
In Anna Freud and her father, whom she had cared for during a number of years of his terminal illness, escaped from Nazi-dominated Austria and settled in Londonwhere she worked at a Hampstead nursery until She worked closely with parents and believed that analysis should have an educational influence on the child.
A summation of her thought is to be found in her Normality and Pathology in Childhood Learn More in these related Britannica articles:Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families is a children's charity dedicated to providing training & support for child mental health services.
Anna Freud is the youngest of Sigmund Freud's six children, and the only one to make her career in psychoanalysis, was born in Vienna on 3 December /5(1).
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More about Anna Freud. Anna Freud, the founder of child psychoanalysis, began her career under father's wing. She grew up in the household of Sigmund Freud, the founder of psychology.
Under his wing she grew a deep attachment and a love for him and the field of psychoanalysis. Many would say that she was "her father's. View the profiles of people named Anna Freud. Join Facebook to connect with Anna Freud and others you may know.
Facebook gives people the power to share. The name Freud is most often associated with Sigmund, the Austrian doctor who founded the school of thought known as psychoanalysis.
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