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  • Paperback: 146 pages
  • Publisher: Martino Fine Books (October 18, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1891396250
  • ISBN-13: 978-1891396250
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #857,214 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sigmund Freud (1856-1939) is one of the twentieth century's greatest minds and the founder of the psychoanalytic school of psychology. His many works include The Ego and the Id; An Outline of Psycho-Analysis; Inhibitions; Symptoms and Anxiety; New Introductory Lectures on Psycho-Analysis; Civilization and Its Discontent, and others.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By jafrank on March 4, 2012
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I found this really interesting, Freud takes his theories about the psyche and stretches them as far as they can go, asking what, if anything is the mental state of civilization. What its components are, how they interact with each other and what happens when they clash with one another. A lot of these observations seem really obvious, but he approaches them in a way which shows how so much of how we live our day to day lives is based on this weird sense of dissatisfaction with the world that we might ultimately need in order to really function as people. And, as with Moses and Monotheism, he's got enough humility and appreciation for how huge his tasks here are to admit that he might not have it all figured out. It's a really great sociological book to read if you don't care for sociology per se
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer F Armstrong on December 18, 2012
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I happen to have read Nietzsche's work extremely closely, so in the video I draw parallels about Freud's later pronouncements with those of Genealogy of Morals -- plus, a few points relating to Freud's psychological accuracy in historical hindsight, and his humor.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ilovebridge on December 4, 2011
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Excellent thought provoking book that casts a new light on your perception of civilization and the individual's love/hate relationship with it. Not to nit pick, but the death instinct and the libido are not in "constant" opposition, but a bit of both can always be found in each one's expression. For example, the cold pleasure of self destruction and the aggressiveness of the sexual act. This is not my "take" on it so to speak, but discussed extensively by Freud himself in his other works, where he even gives eating as an example. (The destruction of outside organic matter to sustain life.) Regarding libido and death instincts as polar opposites is a simplification that, oddly enough, makes things more confusing.
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I had read this before and had given it away to someone I thought needed it. I wanted a copy for my home library.
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By Jjoek1 on December 20, 2013
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I read this in my youth at which time it seemed to have a great impression on me. Re-reading it now 60 yrs later, it is still of interest, but not so impressive, since many of Freud's concepts are now commonplace.
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A bit complex as an introduction to Freud but a great look into his ideas. Civilization and its Discontents covers what Freud believes to be the psychological origins of civilization as well as its costs and benefits.

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By Brenton on October 10, 2013
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This book offers the the truth about the nature of civilization and why we all experience some level of neuroses. Be prepared to see everything in society more clearly.
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