This Psychology Factsheet outlines the contribution of Sigmund Freud to our understanding of psychology. It includes Exam Hints, and the Worksheet gives you the opportunity to apply what you have learned to exam style questions. Psychology terms in bold are explained in the Glossary and a reference list is included to encourage further reading.

The examiner will expect you to be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of Freud’s contribution to psychology.
  • Evaluate Freud’s theories in terms of historical and cultural context.
  • Outline and evaluate Freud’s model of the mind.
  • Outline and evaluate Freud’s theory of psychosexual development.
  • Outline and evaluate Freud’s theory of personality.
  • Apply Freud’s theories to methods used in psychoanalysis.
  • Evaluate methods used in psychoanalysis.
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Publication Date

April 2023


ISSN: 1351-5136

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