A Lifeline

A Freud Timeline – Moments in his Life



Freud’s father, Jakob Freud born in 1815 in Tysmenica, Eastern Galicia. Jakob Freud was a wool merchant, business between Galicia and Moravia. Moved to Freiberg, where Freud was born (May 6, 1856). Between 1859 1860 Jakob Freud attempted to resettle in Germany. This was unsuccessful, and he settled in Vienna in 1860.


. Freud an excellent student. 1873 graduate Gymnasium, passed the Matura, the wrriten and oral examination required for University Admission. Intended to study Law, but reading Darwin and Goethe’s essay on nature, made him decide on medicine. Medicine degree usually 5 1/2 years. Freud took 8, because he was engaged in research while still a student. He studied with the zoologist Carl Claus, a follower of Haeckel who formulated th bioenergetic law, „Ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny.“


Worked at Clauss’s Instute for Comparative Anatomy, then on at the Physiological Institute directed by Ernst Brücke. At the Institute for Comparative Anatomy, Freud wrote his first scientific papers. at the Physiological Institute, Freud cemented relationships with Brücke, Fleischl, and met Josef Breuer.

March 31, 1881.

Freud becomes a Doctor. He remained at the Institute until 1882 when brücke confrotned him – as a doctor without private funding and as a Jew, there was no future for Freud at the institute or in academia. He also became engaged to Martha Bernays. Became a rotating intern a the Allgemeinese Krankenhaus, Jan1 1884: resident in Department of Neurology. Worked in neurological laboratories under Meynert. Under Brücke nearly discovered the neurone. Goal: to open a private practice and become a lecturer in neuropathology.

Freud engaged in the study of medicinal properties of cocaine.


– Joseph Breuer involved with the Anna O. case, and several related experiments in proto-psychoanalysis.


.Freud receives title of lecturer, and a 6 month stipend to study in Paris with Charcot.


Returns from Paris. Gives a paper at the Vienna Medical Society on Charcot’s work on hysteria and focused on a case of hysteria in a male. Meynert was outraged, and Freud was out of that circle.


Freud meets Dr. Wilhelm Fliess, and Ear Nose and Throat specialist in Berlin. Their letters and their congresses begin.


– studied hypnotism with Bernheim.


Early Publications

German translations of Bernheim


On Aphasia


Monograph on Cerebral Palsy in children

[co-authored with Oskar Rie]





. Freud persuades Joseph Breuer to collaborate with him in writing and publishing Studies on Hysteria (1893-1895).


Publishes Studies on Hysteria. July 24, 1895 Succeeds in his first dream analysis – the dream of Irma’s Injection. Writes „Project for a Scientific Psychology.“.


Uses the term „psychoanalysis“ for the first time. October – death of Jakob Freud spurs Freud on to more intense and formally conducted self analysis. Work on his dream book takes up three – four years. Shares the processes and discoveries of self-analysis constantly with Fliess in his letters to him.


Publishes The Interpretation of Dreams.

12. June 1900

Letter to Fliess: „Do you actually suppose that some day this house will have a marble plaque with the inscription: ‚Here,‘ on July 24, 1895, the mystery of dreams revealed itself to Dr. Sigmund Freud?“


The break with Fliess (continue to write until 1902, but never met again).


The Psychopathology of Everyday Life


Appointed Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Vienna. The „Wednesday Night Sessions“ began at 19. Berggasse.


Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality; „Fragments of an Analysis of a Case of Hysteria in a Young Girl“


Friendship with the Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung (1875-1961) begins.


The „Wednesday Night Session“ formally becomes the Vienna Psychoanalytic Society.


„Analysis of a Phobia in a Five-Year-Old Boy“ [„Little Hans“]; „Notes upon a Case of Obsessional Neurosis“ [the „Rat Man“]


Jung appointed editor of the Yearbook of the International Psychoanalytic Congress.


Freud and Jung given honorary doctorates at Clark University in Massachusetts. Freud delivers his „Five Lectures on Psychoanalysis“ in English.


Leonardo da Vinci and a Memory of his Childhood


„Psycho-Analytic Notes on an Autobiographical Account of a Case of Paranoia“ [the „Schreber“ case]; „Formulations on the Two Principles of Mental Functioning“


Alfred Adler (1870-1937) Viennese psychiatrist – disgruntled at the Swiss intrusion into Viennese psychoanalysis, and having developed weird ideas about „organ inferiority“ and the „masculine protest,“ – foments a breach in the Vienna Psychoanalytic Society – he and his adherents leave the society.


Ernest Jones forms the Committee – a secret defense group – Jones, Sandor Ferenczi, Hanns Sachs, Karl Abraham, and Otto Rank. To defend the institution against Jung’s possible defection


Totem and Taboo

January, 1914

Freud ends friendship with Jung. Spring – Jung resigns from the International Psychoanalytic Association and becomes world famous lunatic.


Freud publishes „The Moses of Michaelangelo“ anonymously.

June 28, 1914 Archduke Ferdinand and Consort were assassinated in Sarajevo.

August 4, 1914

World War I begins.

August 5, 1954

Exactly forty years and one day after the beginning of World War I, a strange life form appears in Cheektowaga, New York.

Fall 1914

Freud writes „From the History of an Infantile Neurosis“ [the „Wolf Man“] but not published until 1918.

August 5, 1962

Exactly eight years after the day the strange life form appeared in Cheektowaga, New York, Marilyn Monroe is murdered by the persons responsible for the Kennedy assassination, and by everyone who maintained an indifference to her she found intolerable.


Freud plans a textbook and writes over ten metapsychological essays to this end. Dissatisfied with many of them, Freud published only five of them and destroyed the rest.


Began a series of university lectures


Introductory Lectures in Psychoanalysis

Sept 1918

International meeting of German and Austria-Hungarian psychoanalysts in Budapest

November 1918

WWI ends

January 1920

Sophie Freud dies of Influenza in Hamburg


Beyond the Pleasure Principle


Anna Freud joins the Vienna Psychoanalytic Society; Freud attends the International Congress of Psychoanalysis in Berlin; would be his last.

April 1923

Freud operated on for tumor in palate. Cancer. Had to wear prosthesis thereafter, and suffered a great deal the rest of his life.


The Ego and the Id


Inhibitions, Symptoms, and Anxiety


The Future of an Illusion


Civilization and its Discontents

January 30, 1930

Hitler becomes Chancellor of Germany

March 12, 1938

Hitler invades Austria

June 4, 1938

Freud family arrives in Paris

June 6, 1938

Freud family arrives in England


Freud completes his last monograph, Moses and Monotheism

September 23, 1939

Freud dies in London.

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Select Bibliography of Freud’s Works

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A list of Freud’s works dealing specifically with

the question of fantasy.

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Critical Fantasies