I say Freud, you say Sigmund. But the Freud family fostered more than one famous psychologist. Sigmund Freud’s sixth and youngest child became famous in her own right. Born on this day in 1895, Anna’s early childhood dreams featured in her father’s books. She began to delve into these publications during her mid-twenties, while recovering from an illness that had forced her to retire from teaching. This reading led her to pursue her own research on the psychoanalysis of children, and the role of a person’s ego in preventing depression. She was questioned about this work at a Gestapo headquarters after Nazi Germany invaded Austria, in 1938. The Freud family fled to London where Anna studied the effects of war-time stress on children. She set up a centre to care for those separated from their families during the war. Today, the Anna Freud charity promotes health and wellbeing among children.
Written by Deborah Oakley
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