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.
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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.
I have always enjoyed learning. Opening a book is like opening a door to a new world nearly every time. So much to know and so little time.
Excellent quick read for the aspiring physiologist. Hard for me to follow, but I still recommend the book.
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.
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...
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
"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
"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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