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Sigmund Freud was born on May 6 1856 in the small Moravian town of Freiberg His father was a merchant and his mother was his fathers third wife Freud and his family moved to the city of Vienna when he was almost four This was the initial stage of the Hapsburg empires liberal era A lot of religious restrictions and unfair taxes targeted on the Jewish community were repealed This created a feeling hope that affected the new generation of Jews including Freud Freud was a brilliant student and always placed at the top of his class In 1873 Freud entered the University of Vienna to initially study law However as Freud would put it later his greed for knowledge made him change his major to medicine Although Freud was more interested in studying the philosophical-scientific aspects of the mind He especially became interested in neurology and physiology and finally graduated in 1881 Freuds research was based on close observations and scientific skepticism However this skeptical quality was not appreciated by all of his mentors One mentor especially Ernst Brucke did not like Freuds ideas at all He even advised Freud to take a lowly position at the Vienna General Hospital Freud took this position but his decision was influenced by certain personal events that would change his life Freud was secretly engaged to Martha Bernays one of his sisters friends but he did not have enough money to provide a respectable middle class household that his fiancee thought was necessary In 1886 Freud finally was able to marry and the next nine years he and Martha had six children together His youngest daughter Anna would later become Freuds disciple assistant and a very good psychoanalyst in her own right Before his marriage Freud had worked in Paris with a famous neurologist named Jean-Martin Charcot Charcot claimed that he can cure mental disorders using hypnosis This radical idea deeply influenced Freud
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