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Civilization and Its Discontents Audiobook

Civilization and Its Discontents

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First published in 1930, Civilization and Its Discontents is one of the most influential works of pioneering psychologist Sigmund Freud. Focusing on the tension between the primitive drives of the individual and the demands of civilization for order and conformity, Freud draws upon his psychoanalytic theories to explain the fundamental structures, conflicts, and consequences of society. Written in the aftermath of World War I, Civilization and Its Discontents advances the idea that humans' instinctive desires---violent urges and sexual drives---create the need for law and structure, which, when implemented, create constant feelings of discontent. A seminal work in psychology, Civilization and Its Discontents has sparked debate since its publication and continues to be widely read today. This edition is the translation by James Strachey.

©1961 Institute of Psychoanalysis (P)2011 Tantor

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    Sam Motes Tampa 03-26-14
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    "Don't conform"

    Individual freedom beaten down by societal confirmation is the key theme. Freud argues that the innate drive for sex and aggression dwells in all of us. This is a very approachable read for the non-academician from the great thinker Freud.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Tony The Man New York 09-26-16
    Tony The Man New York 09-26-16 Member Since 2016

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    "BORING"

    listened for 1 hour and couldn't recollect any information whatsoever!! Would recommend to anyone trying to fall asleep at the wheel

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    Arinze 06-10-16
    Arinze 06-10-16 Member Since 2015
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    "My discontents"

    A view into civilization and thereby a cyclical view into myself. The readers voice seemed like what Sigmund would sound like in his thoughts and does a good job of relaying what tiny sense of emotion that could be left in his words. The development of civilization is not more important than the development of the individual...interesting.

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    777WCG 08-01-15
    777WCG 08-01-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Classic Must Read!"

    This is the type of book which will have you reflecting back on many of your own memories and finding reasons for your current situation while giving you reasons to move forward in the most efficient way...

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    Barkley 10-29-15
    Barkley 10-29-15 Member Since 2016
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    "such a bore"

    Great book to fall sleep to. very hard to finish. full of babble that becomes hard to follow due to this lack of subject structure. would love a refund.

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  • Barbara Smart
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    "Sigmund Freud"

    this book was well written and help me in my sociology ,psychology studies a excellent choice for true understanding of humanity this is a round about where we are now destroying each other we need to become conscious and love each other with compassion and kindness

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  • M. Millward
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    "Shame about the narrator, great book"

    As above I didn't like the narrator much, I found him distracting and not engaging, I'm British and think I would have preferred a less posh narrator.
    That said the book is great and perhaps Mr Freud's best work

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  • Patrick
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    "I didn't love it"

    There was some really great points but in critical junctures it was circuitous and tedious. I got a few gems all the same

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