Google Doodle celebrates 160th birth anniversary of Sigmund Freud

The father of modern psychology and psychoanalysis Sigmund Freud's 160th birth anniversary has been celebrated in an interesting looking Google Doodle today.


The father of modern psychology and psychoanalysis Sigmund Freud's 160th birth anniversary has been celebrated in an interesting looking Google Doodle today.

The Google Doodle, made by artist Kevin Laughlin, shows a profile of Freud floating above the surface of an ocean. Only a part of his profile is visible above water and the majority of the rest of the part is submerged under water.

This art work alludes to the work of Freud, the Iceberg Model in particular. Freud postulated that there were three levels of consciousness - the conscious, preconscious and the unconscious. Mapping it to an iceberg, the conscious part is the part which is seen above the surface which is only a fraction of the whole picture, whereas the preconscious and unconscious make up the rest of the picture.

Sigmund Freud was born on 6 May, 1856, lived his life in Vienna before moving to England to escape Nazi forces. He is credited with path breaking work in the field of psychology and has authored books such as The Interpretation of Dreams, The Ego and the Id, Psychopathology of Everyday Life, Beyond the Pleasure Principle and many more. Apart from his books, Freud is also renowned for his scientific papers exploring sexuality.

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