Freud: A VeryShort Introduction discusses the life and work of Sigmund Freud. The founder of psychoanalysis, Freud developed a totally new way of looking at human nature. Only now, with the hindsight of the half-century since his death, can we assess his true legacy to current thought. This VSI offers a lucid and objective look at Freud's major theories, evaluating whether they have stood the test of time. In the process it also examines Freud's family life, personal traits, and correspondence with contemporaries, assessing him in light of his own ideas.