Civilization and Its Discontents

  • by Sigmund Freud
  • Narrated by Steven Crossley
  • 3 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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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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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- Sam Motes

Atheistic Freud

This is Freud applying his psychological theories to the whole of civilization. He understands much about the human condition except that he only sees the shell of religion and has no belief in God whatsoever. Thus he is blind to the real power of the spiritual realm. He sees it only as an illusory extension of natural existence.

HIs ideas are valid only in that they play out in the real world as he describes. However, he fails to recognize those who are successful in applying power beyond this natural existence to overcome the effects of the Id. He also incorrectly describes the super ego as a natural extension of the mind and not as the human soul that is affected by heavenly influence.

He is so brilliant and yet he is so blind.
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- Gregory A. Newkirk

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-30-2011
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio