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Contemporary Influences on Freud's Way of Thinking

Sigmund Freud was influenced by and embraced the evolutionary theories of Darwin and adapted them to psychology.

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The significant nineteenth century theory coming out around the time of Sigmund Freud that influenced his way of thinking was the theory of evolution/natural selection. Borrowing from the basic theorizing of the English biologist Charles Darwin, psychologists were paying increasing attention to the information provided by both physical and social features of living creatures. Sigmund Freud was influenced by and embraced the evolutionary theories of Darwin and adapted them to psychology. Natural selection explained the origin of species; contingencies of reinforcement and punishment explain the origin of classes of responses. The environment selects in both cases. In operant psychology, the role of the environment is to reinforce differentially and ...

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The significant nineteenth century theory coming out around the time of Sigmund Freud that influenced his way of thinking was the theory of evolution/natural selection.

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