Freud oh Freud

Sigmund Freud is one of the most controversial names in history, stretching across many academic disciplines. In his work Civilization and Its Discontent, he says that civilization is a problem and that it makes us unhappy. And to have a smoothly running civilization, a system of government or some ruling Continue reading

Freud and Reality

In Civilization and Discontents, Freud argues that too much realization pain and suffering could cause an individual to reject reality and the world. This statement spoke to me because it shows that “ignorance is a bliss” might be a good way to go about life. Obviously I believe that we Continue reading

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Sigmund Freud is synonymous with the word controversial, and for a good reason. Within Chapter 3 of Civilization and its Discontents, Freud surmises that all humans have had to curtail their primal sexual and aggressive desires, and thus their “possibilities of happiness,” for civilization and the security it offers humankind. Continue reading

Was Freud Right?

When a government is repressive to human nature, they use force to control citizenship for political reasons, ultimately removing them from that side of society. Well, in this world there are many different government forms from democracy to communism, some are better than others, many work, and many fail. However, Continue reading

Civilization Civilizes (A Response to Freud)

Freud had an interesting idea, civilization suppresses certain innate human characteristics; however, his explanation fell flat for me because they were based on mostly assumptions and great leaps were made to support the claims. I can agree with Freud that civilization does suppress certain innate human characteristics for the benefit Continue reading

Through the Mouth of Freud

Any form of government is repressive to human nature because naturally it takes away man’s ability to do exactly as they please. Essentially, With the government being completely in charge of what someone can or can’t do their freedom is limited as opposed to an society where government wasn’t a Continue reading


      In Sigmund Freud’s “Civilization and Its Discontents” the author explains his perspective by naming what seems to be tension by holding the civilization and individual. He asserts that this tension stems from the individual’s quest for freedom and to not conform to something and civilizations’ quest for uniformity and repression. Continue reading