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Civilization and Its Discontents

Sigmund Freud


PUBLISHED: 1st January 1995
ISBN: 9780486282534
ANNOTATION:
This famous study explores the conflict between instinct and social restrictions, offering fascinating insights into what really motivates human behavior and factors that influenced the development of many social institutions.
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PUBLISHED: 1st January 1995
ISBN: 9780486282534
ANNOTATION:
This famous study explores the conflict between instinct and social restrictions, offering fascinating insights into what really motivates human behavior and factors that influenced the development of many social institutions.

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This famous study explores the conflict between instinct and social restrictions, offering fascinating insights into what really motivates human behavior and factors that influenced the development of many social institutions.

Publisher Description

The struggle between the urgencies of instinct and the restrictions of civilization is addressed throughout the works of Sigmund Freud, and in Civilization and Its Discontents the theme is developed with particular richness and depth. This famous study explores the guilt that arises when personal desires clash with social norms, and it examines attempts to reconcile the conflict. In a sense, such guilt is among civilization's building blocks, keeping aggressive and selfish instincts within bounds. But it can also be a source of great frustration, and Freud examines at length many ways of dealing with guilt, from artistic and scientific pursuits to abuse of drink and drugs. The great psychologist offers revealing insights into the motivation behind human behavior as well as the evolution of many social institutions. This seminal study reveals the struggles to resolve conflicts and cast off guilt as spurs to the growth of civilization and culture.

Author Biography

The Father of Psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud (1856-1939) ranks among the most important figures in Western psychology. He is responsible for the theories of parapraxis (Freudian slips), dreams as wish fulfillment, the Oedipus complex, repression, the unconscious mind, and other concepts.

Product Details

Author
Sigmund Freud
Pages
80
Publisher
Dover Publications Inc.
Series
Dover Thrift S.
ISBN-10
0486282538
ISBN-13
9780486282534
Format
Paperback
Country of Publication
United States
Translated from
German
Short Title
CIVILIZATION & ITS DISCONTENTS
Language
English
Translator
Joan Riviere
Media
Book
Residence
US
Year
1995
Publication Date
1995-01-00