Civilization and Its Discontents - Sigmund Freud

Civilization and Its Discontents

By Sigmund Freud

  • Release Date: 1930-06-18
  • Genre: Psychology


In this seminal work, Freud explicates the basic tensions between civilization and the individual. The primary friction stems from the individual's quest for instinctual freedom versus civilization's inverse demand for conformity and instinctual repression. This dynamic tension, argues Freud, is an inherent quality of civilization that instills perpetual feelings of discontent in its citizens.