In conversations concerning psychoanalysis and psychology, the first name that comes to mind is most likely Sigmund Freud. Freud was an Austrian neurologist as well as the founder of psychoanalysis. He set up his clinical practice in Vienna, and was also a professor there as well. While psychoanalysis is not generally used in clinics for diagnostics, Freud’s many theories are still very influential and well known in the fields of psychology and all across the humanities. Regardless of if Freud’s theories or practices were scientific enough to merit the scientific community’s approval, much of Freud’s work has become a staple in Western literary works and popular culture.
Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality is a work by Freud that further argues and expands upon his theories of sexuality in relation to the person’s childhood experiences. There are three main parts to this work: sexual perversions, childhood sexuality, and puberty. Freud discusses how thumb sucking, objects that affect behavior, and the biologically inevitable occurrence of puberty all contribute to how he connects the unconscious with sexuality and perversion.