Civilization and Its Discontents Summary
Sigmund Freud

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Civilization and Its Discontents Summary

Civilization and its Discontents spells out Sigmund Freud's somewhat astonishing theory that civilization itself is the main source of unhappiness among civilized people. By inhibiting their natural instincts, civilization drives people into a perpetual state of guilt, causing this unhappiness. Using themes from his earlier work in psychoanalysis, Freud examines the source of this guilt and the mechanism by which it controls human instinct. Freud concludes his book with a suggestion...

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