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Angel in Armor: A Post-Freudian Perspective on the Nature of Man

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Paperback, 208 pages
Published March 1st 1975 by Free Press (first published January 1969)
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Nov 13, 2013 rated it liked it
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Table of Contents:

I. Everyman as Pervert: An Essay on the Pathology of Normalcy
II. Kafka on the Oedipus Complex: An Essay for S.
III. The Pawnbroker: A Study in Basic Psychology
IV. Buñuel and the Demonic
V. Paranoia: The Poetics of the Human Condition
VI. What is Basic Human Nature?: Further Notes on the Central Problem of the Science of Man
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Sep 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Took over a year to finish reading this, but hey I finished!

We constitute a fuller object to the extent that we develop a broader spectrum of behaviours towards it. One's whole life is just such an education, an education in broadening the range of one's behaviours toward objects.
An individual, then, with fewer dependable behaviour patterns has less meaning in his world: fewer, poorer, shallower, more fragmentary objects.

[On sadism] A completely sadistic catharsis elevates the individual organis
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Dr. Ernest Becker was a cultural anthropologist and interdisciplinary scientific thinker and writer.

Becker was born in Springfield, Massachusetts to Jewish immigrant parents. After completing military service, in which he served in the infantry and helped to liberate a Nazi concentration camp, he attended Syracuse University in New York. Upon graduation he joined the US Embassy in Paris as an admi
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