Psychoanalysis considers the first years of life to be crucial. Sigismund Schlomo Freud was the first of six children. His father Jakob was a wool merchant. The family came from a bourgeois background but was poor.
"I was born on May 6, 1856, at Freiberg in Moravia, a small town in what is now Czechoslovakia.
My parents were Jews, and I have remained a Jew myself."
"Deep within me, covered over, still lives that happy child from Freiberg, the first-born son of a youthful mother, who had received the first indelible impressions from this air, from this soil."
When Sigismund was three, his family moved to the city. Freud did not change his first name to Sigmund until he became a university student.