Objects & Places from Civilization and Its Discontents

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This is the force, most recognizable in sexual or sensual love, that Freud says drives people to unify themselves with other people, both as individuals and as a society as a whole.

Death Instinct

This is the drive by which civilized individuals express their resentment about the sacrifices they make in order to participate in civilization.


This figure is the snake curled around the tree at the base of the world, and symbolizes the external necessity that drives men in their actions.

The Ego

This part of the psyche is the conscious self that acts in its best interests, and tells itself stories in order to make the world make sense.

The Super-Ego

This part of the psyche is the faculty in men that results from the internalization of the father’s authority.


This is the feeling by which the ego knows that it has...

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