Conclusion. "Opening the Eyes" begins with the death of Freud's father in 1896. He began to suspect, says narrator Blair Brown, that his patient's problems "resonated with his own." And, since he believed that the primary cause of "hysteria" was parental sexual abuse, what does that say about his father? Fortunately, he soon came to doubt that theory, and came to conclude that the cause actually was "fantasies embodying wishes."
"Struggling With the Demon," Part 1 of a two-part examination of the early life and career of Sigmund Freud (1856-1939), the father of psychoanalysis. Freud "gave us the language for our fears and dreams," says narrator Blair Brown. And he used his own fears and dreams, as well as those of his patients, to formulate that language. Moreover, he devised a novel technique in treating patients: "He simply asked his patients to talk," Brown says, "and he would listen."