Sigmund Freud


Sigmund Freud was an Austrian neurologist and the founder of psychoanalysis, a clinical method for treating psychopathology through dialogue between a patient and a psychoanalyst. Freud was born to Galician Jewish parents in the Moravian town of Freiberg, in the Austrian Empire. 1 2 3


Sigmund Freud woke up at 7 am, ate breakfast and then each morning he had his barber visit his residence to trim and groom his beard. His wife, Martha Freud, prepared his attire for the day and would even place toothpaste on his toothbrush for him. Freud started to see patients at 8 am and finished around noon.


His main meal of the day was served at 1 pm, Freud was not fond of gourmet meals therefore did not eat wine or chicken. Instead, he preferred boiled or roast beef. The father of psychoanalysis did not engage in much small talk around the table, a habit which is said to have made his guests quite uncomfortable at times. Following the meal, Freud took a vigorous walk around Vienna’s Ringstrasse and would regularly stop to buy cigars and deliver or collect papers to his publisher.


Work recommenced with consultations at 3 pm and afterwards, Freud saw more patients usually lasting until 9 pm. In the evenings, Freud ate supper with his family, followed by card games with his sister in law. He was later accompanied on an evening walk by his wife or daughters and occasionally dropped by the café to read the newspaper.


During the late evenings and night, Freud headed to his study and was engrossed in reading, writing or revision of psychoanalytical journal submissions. He would stay working until 1 am or sometimes even later.