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Primal Man

The primal man is man before he has entered into a civilization. He is aggressive and pursues his life based only on instinct. He follows his sexual desires as they arise and does not cooperate with other men. In Freud's theories, this primal man still lives within all men to some extent but has been tamed through the mechanism of civilization. in Freud's theory, the sexual drive leads him to keep a woman close at hand to satisfy his urges whenever he wishes. This leads to the birth of children and gives the woman and child a reason to stay close to the man for protection. Thus the primal family begins, as well a the interplay between the child and its parents on which much of Freud's psychoanalytic theories are based. This family is also an elemental type of civilization. The primal man also discovers early on...

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