Sigmund Freud’s Legacy in London


Neurologist and founder of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud is one of Austria’s most celebrated doctors. His hard work to get scientific recognition of the unconscious and the discovery of the self are just part of his long legacy of work that psychologists live by today. In celebration of his 160th birthday, the Freud Museum of London is setting up an exhibition of the work he conceived during his life.

The museum, where Freud lived with his family prior to the official start of World War II, is a collection of Freud’s life work, including his iconic study and couch, where he lived and worked for many years to come. Besides the actual antiques - many thousands years old -, the museum is a testament of the work he did for today’s modern psychology. The museum also serves as a testament of Anna Freud, his daughter, who carried on the legacy her father had made and who suggested the house be turned into a museum.

Training World-Renowned Psychologists

Psychoanalysis, Freud’s biggest accomplishment, is a mental science of psychology. Freud described the psychical as a composition of “perceptions, ideas, memories, feelings and acts of volition”. His work became so important that today there are many institutes and centres dedicated to Freud’s field of study. The Institute of Psychoanalysis serves both as an institution for education, as well as a patient centre for those in need of a doctor. Its members, from different backgrounds and cultures, work throughout different organisations and are all recognised by the International Psychoanalytical Association, which provides the highest standards of excellence. Through public events and conferences, one can learn about the interesting world that psychoanalysis entails.