• Civilization and Its Discontents

  • By: Sigmund Freud
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 3 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 05-30-11
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.3 (300 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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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4 out of 5 stars
By Sam Motes on 03-26-14

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.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Daniel Motley on 02-16-18

Poor production and execution by reader.

The narrator was difficult to understand and so was Freud's stream of consciousness. At times the audio cut out in mid sentence. Freud does bring some good points in this book but definitely not what I was expecting.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Elma on 04-05-18

understanding difference between guilt and remorse

A very intuitive book. Helps me to understand the internal personality changes I am experiencing as an adult. Plus the calming and settling of mind I have towards everyday situations.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Barbara Smart on 06-16-15

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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