Civilization and Its Discontents

Civilization and Its Discontents

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2016 Reprint of the American Edition of 1930. In this seminal book, Sigmund Freud enumerates the fundamental tensions between civilization and the individual. The primary friction stems from the individual's quest for instinctual freedom and civilization's contrary demand for conformity and instinctual repression. Many of humankind's primitive instincts (for example, the desire to kill and the insatiable craving for sexual gratification) are clearly harmful to the well-being of a human community. As a result, civilization creates laws that prohibit killing, rape, and adultery, and it implements severe punishments if such commandments are broken. This process, argues Freud, is an inherent quality of civilization that instills perpetual feelings of discontent in its citizens.
Publisher: Mansfield Centre, Connecticut : Martino Fine, 2016
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781614279846
Characteristics: 70 pages ; 23 cm
Call Number: 150.1952 FRE


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this is the book freud wrote in which he introduces his concept of 'death instinct.' apparently he had some problems with his original system, making every concept fit together, so he came up with the putative ' instinct,' to balance his original theory.wilhelm reich, for one, had major disagreements with it; and carl gustav jung; and former secretary to meetings, otto rank, later to write profound books of his own, and later still, to become anais nin's analyst, in new York city.

Jul 19, 2015

This is an amazing book and I enjoy reading it very much. I selected it because I had read first Freud's "The Future of Illusion" Has I said about that book this book is very difficult to read only very advanced readers should try to read it. It is very hard to follow and understand even for me. Also this book was written in 1929 and the scientific references in it are completely out of date. I would not recommend it for use in a High School or junior college report. The short biography by Peter Gray at the beginning of the book is excellent and would be perfect for use in a high school level report about the life of Sigmund Freud.

Feb 06, 2009

If you like psychoanalysis, this book is for you! It's one of the best known essay Freud wrote. A good read.


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