[ froid; German froit ]


  1. Anna, 1895–1982, British psychoanalyst, born in Austria (daughter of Sigmund Freud).
  2. Lucian, 1932–2011, British painter, born in Germany; grandson of Sigmund Freud.
  3. Sig·mund [sig, -m, uh, nd, zeekh, -m, oo, nt], 1856–1939, Austrian neurologist: founder of psychoanalysis.


/ frɔɪd /


  1. FreudAnna18951982FAustrianMEDICINE: psychiatrist Anna . 1895–1982, Austrian psychiatrist: daughter of Sigmund Freud and pioneer of child psychoanalysis
  2. FreudSir Clement19242009MBritishFILMS AND TV: broadcasterWRITING: writerPOLITICS: politicianCOOKERY: chef Sir Clement . 1924–2009, British broadcaster, writer, politician, and chef; best known as a panellist on the radio game show Just a Minute ; grandson of Sigmund Freud
  3. FreudLucian19222011MBritishARTS AND CRAFTS: painter Lucian . 1922–2011, British painter, esp of nudes and portraits; grandson of Sigmund Freud
  4. FreudSigmund18561939MAustrianMEDICINE: psychiatrist Sigmund (ˈziːkmʊnt). 1856–1939, Austrian psychiatrist; originator of psychoanalysis, based on free association of ideas and analysis of dreams. He stressed the importance of infantile sexuality in later development, evolving the concept of the Oedipus complex. His works include The Interpretation of Dreams (1900) and The Ego and the Id (1923)

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Your interest in Freud is very unusual for a neuroscientist.

Though Freud’s enthusiasm for the “Project” soon cooled, parts of it survived into his more mature thinking, most of all in the basic work of talk therapy, in which he encouraged his patients to vent their accumulated passions.

In labored pages, thick with cryptic mathematical symbols and ornamented with rough, quizzical sketches of the nervous system’s branchings, Freud described the psyche as an energetic “apparatus.”

Freud didn’t say that, but I think Freud would have endorsed that.

I think Freud had it right that we have needs and drives and that sometimes, in ways that we’re not fully aware of, we’re trying to meet them.

It was as if he were saying, give them a little Freud, maybe they'll let me alone.

This inner world, as Freud and others had previously suggested, was a fiction of repressed fantasies, dreams, and visions.

In the early 1900s, Sigmund Freud began to explore in earnest the similarities between neurotic behavior and ritual.

Freud coined the term to describe the uncomfortable feeling of the familiar suddenly turned foreign.

The central focus is a single photograph of British painter Lucian Freud.

He has attempted in an artistic way to get beneath what Freud calls the "Psychic Censor" which edits all our suppressed desires.

Stekel,41 one of Freud's pupils, in an elaborate monograph, also lays stress on the sexual factor of the anxiety-neurosis.

It is only fair to admit that Margaret seems to have been a Freudian herself long before there was a Freud.

It is true that Freud and his followers report cases which they regard as proving their thesis.

Jung follows Freud in pointing out as a classic example of the compensation in dreams, that of Nebuchadnezzar, in the Bible.


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