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The Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud 21 by Sigmund Freud
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Feb 04, 09

it was amazing
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Read in February, 2009

Two remarkable works. Their approximation to Truth really isn't what gives them their value. Freud succeeds, better than any other intellectual I've ever read, at divorcing meaning from human existence. It's an altogether scary enterprise, for the upshot of Freud's thought is that human aggression, as a manifestation of an immortal death instinct, is an ineradicable feature of human existence. Primitive man is always threatened by unrestrained force, while civilized man, through the repression of his libidinal and aggressive urges, lives in a constant state of anxiety and self-loathing. Since civilization restricts the aggressive nature of man, his super-ego redirects that aggression on to the ego -- abusing the human mind with guilt and shame. Altruism in this scheme is simply hyper internal abuse. These works are complicated, brilliant, and, most of all, chilling.

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