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Beyond the Pleasure Principle

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In reasoned progression he outlined core psychoanalytic concepts, such as repression, free association and libido. Of the various English translations of Freud's major works to appear in his lifetime, only one was authorized by Freud himself: The Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud under the general editorship of James Strachey.

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Paperback, 92 pages
Published February 1st 1990 by W.W. Norton & Company (first published 1920)
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Reham Mohssen
Apr 10, 2012 Reham Mohssen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

فى القرأء الثانية غيرت رأيي ..
فى القرائة الأولى كان الكتاب صادم ، عسير الهضم والإستيعاب ، سبب لى حالة من الضيق والتوتر ولكن مع القرائة الثانية أدركت أن مبدأ ما فوق اللذة، إعادة صياغة شاملة مختصرة لعلم النفس والحياة، بل هو مفتاح كل القرائات النفسية الأخرى !
ربما سأعيد قرائة ما مر علىّ من كتب تعالج موضوع النفس بعد تمكنى أخيرا من المفتاح، ومنها أعمال فرويد بالتأكيد وخصوصا "تفسير الأحلام" و"الأنا والهوّ
كتاب جيد أنصح بقرائته للمهتمين بعلم النفس والتطّور ولابد من قرائته مرتين على الأقل لإستساغته !
May 15, 2013 لونا rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
أبدأ قراءتي للكتاب بما ختم به "فرويد" كتابه، وهي أبيات شعرية من مقامات الحريري التي نقلها "مستشرق" للغة الألمانية:-

تعارَجْتُ لا رَغبَةً في العرَجْ .. .. ولكِنْ لأقْرَعَ بابَ الفرَجْ
وأُلْقيَ حبْلي على غارِبي .. .. وأسلُكَ مسْلَكَ مَن قد مرَجْ
فإنْ لامَني القومُ قلتُ اعذِروا .. .. فليسَ على أعْرَجٍ من حرَجْ

لمست في ختام كتابه نوع من "التلطيف" لعرضه الشيق، المثير والخارج عن المألوف كالعادة .. .. يقول أيضاً:-

فلقد يسأل سائل إلى أي حد وصل اقتناعي أنا بصحة الفروض التي ذهبت إليها في الصفحات السالفة. وعن
Feb 23, 2013 Salah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
بالرغم من قلة عدد صفحاته، إلا أن هذا الكتاب فيه من الدسم ما يجعل استيعابه بعد القراءة الأولى مستحيلاً. ففرويد في هذا الكتاب كان قد أكمل بلورة تصوره عن النفس وتقسيمها من حيث الوعي واللاوعي، ومن حيث الغرائز (هو، أنا، أنا عليا) وأيها قع في الوعي وأيها في اللاوعي. ثم عكف فرويد على تحليل الغرائز حتى وصل إلى أبسط أشكالها، فاقترح وجود نوعين من الغرائز الاساسية: الغرائز الحياة(الغرائز الجنسية أو الليبيدو) وغرائز الموت. وقد شرع في هذا الكتاب في شرح ما يعتبر غريزة جنسية وما يعتبر م غرائز الموت، وتلك ...more
Nov 22, 2013 Mounir rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: psychoanalysis
من الكتب المحورية في التحليل النفسي, ويعتبر محطة مهمة في نظريات فرويد التي كان يطورها باستمرار
وينتمي هذا الكتاب لجانب من إكتشافات واستبصارات التحليل النفسي التي كان لها أثر كبير في العلوم الإنسانية, مثله في ذلك مثل "الطوطم والتابو" و" موسى والتوحيد". هو كتاب صعب لكنه جدير بالقراءة
علاء بريك
Feb 18, 2016 علاء بريك rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
كتاب مهم جداً
John Pistelli
In this famously transitional work of 1920, Freud sets out to explain the prevalence of psychic activity that can't obviously be attributed to the organism's inclination to reduce tension, the reduction of which produces pleasure. After all, as a clinician, he was seeing neurotic and hysterical patients--very tense people. So, via a speculative tour of psychoanalytic theory circa 1920 as well as of early-20th-century biology, Freud arrives at the provisional conclusion that there are two drives ...more
Stephen Richards
Jan 17, 2013 Stephen Richards rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Indeed, some may find this to be a pleasure or a pain to read. Given that the theory of instincts was covered by Freud in some earlier works, it was no surprise to find him covering some old ground here. Although I am sure that the pleasure principle is well known, basically it is the suggestion that people have an instinctive urge toward experiencing pleasure and shielding themselves from pain.

Of course, any book by Freud would not be complete without touching upon the subject of dreams, and he
Oct 14, 2014 Michele rated it really liked it
Shelves: theory
Beyond the Pleasure Principle is a short essay that explores the why of the human mind's mechanics. It complements Freud's greater works nicely, but don't let its size fool you. Prepare to read this more than once and pore over Freud's fast-paced figurative language that manages to cover literature, philosophy, biology and more.

If literary theory is your thing, then you obviously need a little Freud in your face.
mohamed s. elghandour
من افضل و اصعب كتب فرويد .. اللذة و عدم اللذة و تأثير المثيرات الخارجية علي الجهاز العصبي و غرائز الأنا و غرائز الموت و التكرار و الرجوع للثبات الأصل و تناقضها مع الغرائز الجنسية اللبيدو فاستمرار الحياة .. كتاب قيم
Aug 01, 2016 Andrea rated it really liked it
I read this book for the fort-da part, but I was very pleasantly surprised with the rest of it. It's been nearly a hundred years since the publication of this work and yet quite a number of Freud's theses are still on point.
Jan 31, 2016 Jake rated it liked it
Somebody has scribbled notes on nearly every page of my copy of this, making comparisons to Nietzsche and's telling that I enjoyed reading those more than the text itself.
Aug 18, 2014 Carlos rated it liked it
Más allá del Principio del Placer es un ensayo escrito por Freud en el cual nos presenta como una parte del inconsciente está regida por un principio que conduce a la persona hacia la muerte.
Apr 04, 2016 Noah rated it it was ok
It's frustrating that each of Freud's works begins with an interesting concept, and then proceeds to meander aimlessly between tiresome pseudo-philosophy and unsubstantiated pseudo-psychology.
Shane Avery
Nov 03, 2008 Shane Avery rated it really liked it
Shelves: thought
A very short work, much of which is quite recondite. Much of what Freud writes he admits is speculative. Yet the idea that there is a life and a death instinct in all organisms is certainly something that can be discussed at a metapsychological level.

Freud does raise an interesting question about the very idea of science and its relationship to speculation. Note:

"It may be asked whether and how far I am myself convinced of the truth of the hypotheses that have been set out in these pages. My an
Daniel Cheng
This work by Freud represents an important developmental period of his thought and is the first instance that Freud introduces the concept of the "death drive" (Todestrieb). Unfortunately, it's the very fact that this is a work of transition that makes it somewhat lacking. Given that Freud was basically building a discipline from the ground up, the spectrum of Freud's work from The Interpretation of Dreams all the way to An Outline of Psychoanalysis can wildly differ. You are never simply readin ...more
Jen La Duca
Sep 07, 2015 Jen La Duca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone interested in psychology or counseling
Beyond the Pleasure Principle is an extraordinary book, arguably one of the most important books ever written. Rather ashamed to admit this but I’ve never actually read Freud; given the amount of critiques, good and bad, that I’ve heard and read over the years, I decided it was time to read his work for myself. This book is really a short read that explores the “why” of our mind’s mechanics and his theory that we humans are guided by two instincts; the life instinct, Eros, which preserves all ...more
Komal Raja
Jan 13, 2015 Komal Raja rated it really liked it
Beyond the Pleasure Principle is an extraordinary tome i came across. Freud has earned reputation of a daring skeptic throughout his life. During his lifetime he was accused of floating subversive ideas among folk. he always came up with revolutionary theories. 'Beyond the Pleasure Principle' rests among the most revolutionary accounts. The concept of death instincts is described in it for the very first time. Instinct is an urge inherent in organic life to restore an earlier state of things- ...more
Apr 11, 2015 Phillip rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting, short book/long essay by Freud complicating his theory of the pleasure principle based on his post-WWI experiences with traumatized patients. Essentially, the pleasure principle holds that human beings will always try to minimize unpleasure while maximizing pleasure (this is pretty similar to what Lacan would later term jouissance, the excess of enjoyment). The reason we're capable of functioning in the real world--as opposed to just going around having sex with everyone and ...more
Feb 27, 2016 Miguel rated it really liked it
"We must be patient and await fresh methods and occasions of research. We must be ready, too, to abandon a path that we have followed for a time, if it seems to be leading to no good end."

In Freud's Beyond the Pleasure Principle, he advances a comprehensive argument in favor of the notion of a death instinct or death drive that works independently of the pleasure principle as a function of the human mind. Freud brings to bear his formidable reasoning skills and elastic prose in evidencing this v
Mar 08, 2015 Clorisu rated it it was ok
Shelves: psychology
Takeaway points:
1. "It is clear that in their play children repeat everything that has made a great impression on them in real life, and that in doing so they abreact the strength of the impression and make themselves master of the situation. The play of children is influenced by a wish that dominates them the whole time- the wish to be grownup and to be able to do what grownup people do."
2. "We may regard the common traumatic neurosis as a consequence... not to the effects of mechanical violenc
Oct 03, 2009 Patricia rated it really liked it
Shelves: classics
Given the amount of feminist critiques of Freud I have read, I finally decided it was time to read the man's own work. This book describes his theory that human beings are guided by two warring instincts: the life instinct, Eros, which preserves all things, and the death instinct, served by the pleasure principle, which seeks to return the human being to an inanimate state (i.e. death).

Beyond the Pleasure Principle, while short, is a tough read--Freud packs way too much information into each sen
Mohamed Shouman
Feb 15, 2015 Mohamed Shouman rated it liked it
كتاب " مافوق مبدأ اللذة " لسيجموند فرويد بترجمته العربية عن إسحق رمزي و الذي يتحدث عن جانب من جوانب علم النفس و هو أن الجهاز النفسي يعمل بمبدأ أثنيني بين الأنا و الهُو و أن هذا العمل يجعل الطابع الإنساني يعمل بشكل مختلف فألعاب الطفل الصغيرة يمكن ترجمتها إلي حالة نفسية تشير إلي علاقته بالأب و الأم أو بحدث سبب أثر ما علي نفسه و يعود فرويد كما يعهد في كتاباته أن أغلب أفعالنا تأتي من اللبيدو " الغريزة الجنسية " و التي هي أعم من فكرة العمل الجنسي المعتاد و أن كل ما نقوم به يعود لتاريخ من الخبرات و ...more
Feb 26, 2016 Matthew rated it really liked it
Freud's clarity as a writer cannot be denied, at least when equipped with the right translation. This and CaiD make quite the powerful duo.

This being my second time through BtPP I continue to be compelled by some of his thinking. I'm fond of his frankness, and his alternating personalities. Is this a humble hypothesis? Is he actually arrogant and manipulative? Who cares?

His formulation of the "libidinal" economy of the mind is interesting enough to warrant brain time. It's not as entertaining a
Jul 28, 2011 Phillip rated it really liked it
I really like Freud, but his books do tend to ramble, which is usually interesting for what it tells us about Freud. But I'm not sure how much I learned about him from this book.

He theorizes the death drive in this work, but he jumbles it amongst a bunch of trauma theory (also interesting to me, though focused on early PTSD cases), cellular biology from the late 1800s-early 1900s, and explanations that he is basically just speculating that there is some kind of death drive, but he doesn't have a
Feb 19, 2016 Alyssa rated it really liked it
Well, this was a super complicated book, and Freud's thinking was more fractured and hard to follow than in what other of his works I've read. That said, this is where his idea of the death drive is formulated and that counts for something for sure - I mean, it's pretty radical to think we have a drive compelling us to being inanimate as opposed to one which wants further complexity and progress.

So, this was an unpleasurable ;) but interesting read, and I think I need to take a small break from
Nov 29, 2012 Nick rated it liked it
I think people familiar only with the popular image of Freud would be surprised at the pains he takes to make sure his hypotheses are taken as provisional, speculative, in need of further study, etc. The interesting bit is the bridge he constructs from "folk" psychological phenomena that everyone will be familiar with to an assembly of 19th century chemical/hydraulic metaphors.
Jenseits des Lustprinzips
Verfasserangaben: Sigmund Freud. Hrsg. von Lothar Bayer und Hans-Martin Lohmann
1. VerfasserIn: Freud, Sigmund
Personen: Lohmann, Hans-Martin
Impressum: Stuttgart : Reclam, 2013
Umfang: 110 S.
1. Reihe: Reclams Universal-Bibliothek ; 18957
Fußnote: Literaturangaben
ISBN: 978-3-15-018957-3
Mediennr.: 1163239
May 01, 2016 Ghynwa rated it really liked it
Freud: beyond the pleasure principle
A freudian work at its finest; it's what you would expect from the original psychoanalyst as it clearly, and masterfully, shows what he had strived to achieve in his theories
Adel Adel Abbas
Jun 21, 2013 Adel Adel Abbas rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't get the meaning of that book well, because of the low quality of the translation, so this rating is for the bad translation.

I decided to read it in "English" language hoping that I would get what Freud wanted to say in his theory.

Apr 07, 2008 Ian rated it really liked it
I've read this book a few times, and at less than ninety pages it's not hard to do. It's really formed a good foundation for me of how I feel about the world and a vocabulary to deal with the feelings I experience. Who knows if other people have that kind of experience with this, but I loved it.
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Freud was an Austrian neurologist and the founder of psychoanalysis, who created an entirely new approach to the understanding of the human personality. He is regarded as one of the most influential - and controversial - minds of the 20th century.

Sigismund (later changed to Sigmund) Freud was born on 6 May 1856 in Freiberg, Moravia (now Pribor in the Czech Republic). His father was a merchant. The
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“The patient cannot remember the whole of what is repressed in him, and what he cannot remember may be precisely the essential part of it.. He is obliged to repeat the repressed material as a contemporary experience instead of remembering it as something in the past.” 1 likes
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