Civilization and Its Discontents

Civilization and Its Discontents

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Freud's epoch-making insights revolutionized our perception of who we are, forming the foundation for psychoanalysis. In Civilization and its Discontents he considers the incompatibility of civilization and individual happiness. Focusing on what he perceives to be one of society's greatest dangers; 'civilized' sexual morality, he asks, does repression compromise our chances of happiness?

Sigmund Freud was born in 1856 and died in exile in London in 1939. As a writer and doctor he remains one of the informing voices of the twentieth century.

Publisher: London : Penguin Classics, an imprint of Penguin Books, 2014
ISBN: 9780141395890
0141395893
Branch Call Number: 150.1952 F88ci1
Language Note: Translated from the German
Characteristics: xxxvi, 151 pages ; 18 cm

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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.

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Tony_Jeffers
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 Also this book was written in 1929 and the scientific references in it are completely out of date.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.

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mariaf
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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