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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (9,965 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sigmund Freud Narrator: Steven Crossle Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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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  • “This, written in 1930, on the eve of destruction as it were, is a summary of Freud’s beliefs, the potted essence of his system as applied to the broad picture…[Freud was] a first-rate essayist. When away from the couch or the consulting room, he was as penetrating and beguiling a thinker as Montaigne.”

    Guardian (London)

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Joe | 2/20/2014

    " Interesting, but more for its historical value than any new insights. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Marrick | 2/11/2014

    " Freud's observations and theories concerning the root of man's self-destructive nature. Not for those of low intellect. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Alasdair | 2/8/2014

    " This served as a fascinating insight into Freud's work outside on individual psychoanalysis. Clearly a brilliantly nuanced mind Freud sheds a bright and unforgiving light on the human condition. One of the few books that truly to be read by the widest possible audience. A geb=nuine masterwork. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by n | 2/4/2014

    " My favourite reading by Sigmund Freud. It goes beyond the Oedipal Complex that most people assume as the be all, end all of Freud. "

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Author Sigmund Freud

Sigmund Freud (1856–1939) was an Austrian psychiatrist who founded the psychoanalytic school of psychology. Freud is best known for his theories of the unconscious mind and the defense mechanism of repression and for creating the clinical practice of psychoanalysis for curing psychopathology through dialogue between a patient and a psychoanalyst.