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3.77  ·  Rating details ·  27,833 ratings  ·  907 reviews
في قلق في الحضارة يتابع فرويد المشروع الذي كان قد بدأه في مستقبل وهم، فينتقل من نقد الدين إلى نقد الحضارة تحت شعار "لا يجوز لسلطة أن تعلو فوق سلطة العقل". والسؤال الذي يحاول فرويد أن يجيب عليه في هذا الكتاب هو: "لماذا لا يحظى الإنسان بالسعادة التي ينشدها مهما قارب أن يكون إلها؟" وفي الإجابة على هذا السؤال، يتكشف لنا وجه جديد وغير معروف كثيراً لفرويد: وجه الفيلسوف الذي يعيد ...more
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Published April 1st 1982 by دار الطليعة - بيروت (first published 1930)
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Marcelo Galuppo Freud is a great writer, a very clear scholar. Most of his books, although intended for the scholar, can be understood by anyone. This one is…moreFreud is a great writer, a very clear scholar. Most of his books, although intended for the scholar, can be understood by anyone. This one is specially an easy one (besides part VI, when he discussed narcisismus). You could profit of reading "Introduction to Narcisismus" before you read this one, but it is not necessary.(less)
André The whole book has 148 pages, but the main part is only 100 pages. This is followed by an appendix and notes on the following 31 pages. Then two pages…moreThe whole book has 148 pages, but the main part is only 100 pages. This is followed by an appendix and notes on the following 31 pages. Then two pages of references and 13 pages of closing remarks not by the author himself.(less)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Das Unbehagen in der Kultur = Civilization And Its discontents, Sigmund Freud
Civilization and Its Discontents is a book by Sigmund Freud. It was written in 1929 and first published in German in 1930 as Das Unbehagen in der Kultur ("The Uneasiness in Civilization"). Exploring what Freud sees as the important clash between the desire for individuality and the expectations of society, the book is considered one of Freud's most important and widely read works, and one of the most influential and stu
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C C
Apr 03, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book helps explain one of life’s enduring phenomena: rage. It explains why standing behind that scruffy, ponytailed, mustachioed gentleman in the checkout lane (let’s call him “Gerard,” for good measure), can trigger paroxysms of homicidal fury. Something deep and ancient roils inside as you do a quick comparison: Gerard, with his sensationally attractive girlfriend in tow, (let’s call her “Melanie”); and you, with just you. You stand there fronting a twitching half-smile that conceals the ...more
Corinne
This book deftly delineates the dilemma in our civic society, where the struggle between our ethics and animal instincts continue, and the ‘prices’ we have paid in making our society safe and secure. It rejoins what Victor Hugo and Tolstoy and Steinbeck show in their works...

But, most of all, I think it acutely depicts the fate of our judicial system, conceived by men who thought punishment would be the detriment to crime, but which ironically turned out to be the incitement to more heinous crim
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Jessica
Nov 11, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone laboring under the illusion that they do not love freud
Shelves: groups-of-people
This may come as a surprise considering how much I complain about psychotherapy, but I LOVE SIGMUND FREUD. This is not just transference, and no, he doesn't remind me at all of my father; I believe Freud was a great genius, and far more importantly, that he was a fantastic writer and very interesting person. I also believe that Freud is one of the most unfairly maligned and willfully misinterpreted figures of the past hundred-or-so years.

If you haven't read him (HIM, not his theories), or if you
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Mr.
Oct 07, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
`Civilization and its Discontents' is Freud's miniature opus. It is a superficial masterpiece that stretches further than any of his other works; he is reaching for an explanation for human nature in terms of the id-ego-superego structure of the individual as he exists in civilization. For Freud, human beings are characterized by Eros (Sex Drive) and Thanatos (Death Drive), which remain in opposition to one another. This small book is filled with as many interesting ideas as any work of modern p ...more
Roy Lotz
There’s something unbelievable about Freud. If he was some ancient Greek or Medieval thinker, his ideas might not seem as strange. But the man was a contemporary of Albert Einstein, John Maynard Keynes, and F.D.R. He lived through the Great Depression and World War II—two events that continue to haunt the present day. Yet his theories seem so remote from our positivistic era, it’s difficult to even take them seriously.

Nonetheless, he remains one of the most influential thinkers of the 20th centu
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Jan-Maat
the discrete joys of cultural pessimism

This volume consists of two of Freud's essays Civilisation & its discontents (1930) and the far shorter 'Civilised' sexual morality & modern nervous illness (1908).

The latter essay is the simple one , it points out that conventional (in turn of the century Vienna) sexual morality is a cause of mental ill health and even when it isn't, the focus on marriage as the only socially acceptable forum for the expression of sexual love in practise causes fr
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jeroen
May 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: best-non-fiction
Studying psychology I never cared much for Sigmunds insights into the human psyche and dreams. They seemed interesting from a cultural, maybe even literary or intellectual perspective -but not from a scientific point of view.
His sociological ideas and writings however impressed me deeply in my student years. I read this book cover to cover in two days. One of the points that stuck was that humans not only have an innate drive to survive, but also to self destruct.
Fascinating book and very well
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Blair
The Price of Civilized Security

“Civilized man has traded in a portion of his chances of happiness for a certain measure of security.”

Sometimes it is worth reading the original source of an idea that now should be taken for granted in our culture. Not this time. While there are a few gems in this work, I am mainly reminded why Freud is no longer taken seriously. Here we receive his view of an entire civilization based on his experience with those few neurotic patients who can afford his services.
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Stela
Nov 06, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Undoubtedly, Sigmund Freud is a classic. Consequently, he shares the fate of any classic: everybody knows of and few read him anymore. After all, what is to discover we didn’t already learn? That he explained every evil or deviation in human behaviour by some repressed sexual urges generated mainly by the Oedipal complex. That he founded the science of psychoanalysis, but many of his theories and methods are obsolete today. That he influenced the Modernist movement, especially regarding some fam ...more
Omneya
Mar 17, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A tedious read, Freud's essay is mundane at worst, general knowledge at best.
Freud had this tendency to make pretty obvious and minor premises and then jump to big and somehow unrelated conclusions depending on said premises.

It's already known that Freud and his disciples were treading a deserted land which is psychoanalysis in their times, which calls for far more caution and far more-in this case, very welcomed-pedantry.

Nevertheless Freud writes with uncalled for confidence, mixing facts with
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Matt

I've got nothing against Freud, really, but whatever it was I was looking to find I didn't find it here.

It may have been a bad translation but the prose was leaden, uninteresting and seemed way to weighed-down with self-importance and near-myopic pedantry.

I read it because of course its a seminal classic and one of his central texts but was mildly disappointed to see that there wasn't all that much "there" there.

I've always been intrigued by Freud and I would like to get some of the finer points
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Jeremy
...the development of the individual seems to be the product of two trends — the striving for happiness, which we commonly call ‘egoistic’, and the striving for fellowship within the community, which we call ‘altruistic’. Neither term goes much below the surface.


A HUXLEY-IAN READING OF FREUD: BRAVE POST-NEW WORLD

Having just re-read ‘Brave New World’ (1932) and realising how influential Freud’s work had been on it this time around (having previously read it as a Freud-less teen...) I was keen to
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Michael
Aug 05, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Intellectual Historians, Psychology students, Freudians
Recommended to Michael by: Richard Beyler
This is one of those "seminal" books that shows you why so much of Western thought is totally screwed up. The premises and logic of Freud's argument are utter nonsense from beginning to end, yet he somehow taps into a vein of unconscious imagery within the contemporary Zeitgeist that still resonates 80 years later. Certainly, for anyone studying the early 20th century, the ideas in here will seem eerily familiar; Freud isn't so much creating a new argument here as speaking aloud what was in ever ...more
Christopher
Read in 2000. Too long ago for me to review, but I will say that the impression I'm left with is that Freud may be more relevant today outside of his discipline than in it.
Mohamedridha Alaskari محمد رضا العسكري
I was reading this book very carefully due to Frued's reputation in my society but I find this evil!
The man extremely intelligent especially explaining the most complicated "human being activity in certain societies based on Nerotics psychonalysis"
This book made me understand some most important items in the civilization like: good, evil, love, hate, frustration, ego, super-ego and remorse"
And why he ought to kill father, what is the relation between the sex and happiness I mean what we call (p
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Gary  Beauregard Bottomley
At one time it was wrongly believed that ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny (i.e. the embryonic stages mirrors the development stages of the species). Similarly Freud thinks the phases that an individual goes through mirror the same phases that civilizations have gone through. Freud uses that theme to explain his psychoanalysis in describing individuals and the societies in which they live as mirror images of each other.

Yes, Freud does believe some weird things and he restates them in this book su
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Monte
Jul 20, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
First and foremost, The Standard Edition of this book does not have 160 pages. Sigmund Freud's psycho-analytical thoughts begin on page 10 and end on 112. The pages after that are the Bibliography. So in the 102 real Freud pages, I have decided that he is not quite as much of an "inspiration" as I thought he was. Beginning on page 70, he begins to analyze the pros of the Communist System in which I regard is a means to destroy the exact definition of civilization that Freud portrays: that it dep ...more
Bruce
Aug 13, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was interested in reading this short work at this time because Freud herein addresses, inter alia, the creation of art as sublimation of libido in society. In this text Freud addresses several issues and introduces or expands on concepts that he introduced elsewhere, and it is interesting to see the evolution of his own thinking. Among other things he discusses ego differentiation and the development of religion as a means of addressing the fear that the superior power of fate brings, but that ...more
Goatboy
Mar 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first 50 pages are some of Freud's clearest and most straight forward writing, and also some of his darkest. Want a matter of fact summary of why Freud believes that we who exist within a civilization that we ourselves built around us will never find happiness? Want to understand how this trap we built around ourselves (both necessary and also fated to make us discontented) pretty much defines us as humans who need to live with each other? Talk about being stuck between a rock and a hard pla ...more
Mike
Aug 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: why-trump-won

In chapter 1, to account for the ‘oceanic’ feeling that some of his friends report and attribute to the 'oneness of the universe', Freud constructs a very beautiful metaphor comparing the human mind with a city; just as a city’s past buildings remain as dust, and just as wars may leave physical marks of destruction that remain for centuries, maybe our earliest experiences stay with us in some unconscious form as well. In his view, this may explain the mystical feeling of 'oneness with the univer
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Brian
May 14, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone with an intrigued reaction to its title
It's impossible to read "Civilization and Its Discontents" and not come away with the impression that Freud is a genius. His ability to trace out cause and effect in human psychology is unparalleled. Most of his conclusions are convincing, and even the ones that aren't are at least thought-provoking.

The main weakness of this book is its desultory style. The first seven of its eight chapters read like an anthology of things Freud was thinking about this week, very loosely themed around the source
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Erik Graff
Apr 27, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Freud fans
Recommended to Erik by: Edward Erickson
Shelves: psychology
Many high school friends were a couple of years older. One of them, Ed Erickson, was particularly admired for his erudition, radicalism and interesting mother and sister. When he went away to the University of Illinois' flagship campus, I, still in high school, was honored to be invited to visit him on what amounted to a first overnight trip to a college.

Taking the Illinois Central downstate was an adventure in itself, another first. So, too, were the experiences of the ugly but enormous campus
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Shira
Mar 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just a wonderful experience. It felt great to get to follow Freud's thought processes, mainly because he is so open about him trying to find causes and reasons (or is that the same..?). Even though a difficult read for me, it felt accessible, open. And I think that's due to him sometimes reflecting and sharing that his writings are just him trying to understand and dissect, that he is not all knowing. That further research has to be done. I couldn't judge him because of that. (Never mind that I ...more
Katie
May 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I do love me some Freud. His theories seem too speculative at times, but his insights on basic human psychology are enlightening. Although he spent most of the time trying to disabuse his readers of that ultimate "delusion," religion, I'm afraid it had the opposite effect on me. His expert construction of the ultimate human dilemma only strengthened my belief in and need for God, for which I thank him.
Ian
Jul 28, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: psychology, society
This is the first of Freud’s works that I have ever read, and psychology generally isn’t a subject I have read much on. It’s probably a disadvantage in reading the book, since the text assumes the reader will already have a certain knowledge of Freud’s theories. In fairness, I don’t think that was an unreasonable expectation on his part.

Broadly speaking, the thesis here is that the requirements of civilisation force humans into suppressing their natural drives, thereby causing neuroses to develo
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Williwaw
Jan 11, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
So there's this gas-bag named Siggie, and he proposed that there's an inverse relationship between civilization and happiness. In other words, as we become more civilized, we become less happy. Oy vey! What do about this? Psychoanalyze dat sivillization, o'course!

Problem was, he forgot to define his terms. What is C? What is H? And he failed to propose a mathematical formula to describe that inverse relationship. Say H = 1/(C squared) for example.

Another large problem is that Siggie was merely a
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Steve
Nov 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Freud's work is a reminder to scientists of all stripes of the importance of well-written thought designed for the layperson. While Freud has many detractors, much of his work remains relevant today.

The following quote bears some relevance to me, given the topics I've been dwelling on of late:


The hermit turns his back on the world and will have no truck with it. But one can do more than that; one can try to re-create the world, to build up in its stead another world in which its most unbearable
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Peter Mcloughlin
Freud as a scientist of the mind has long been regarded as a failure but as commentator on the human condition he is excellent. That is probably why his theories of the unconscious and the libido and the death drive have migrated from psychology to the English department. Freud's theories on human motivation make intuitive sense to many lay observers no matter how discredited psycho-analysis is in the scientific community and why his theories held sway among so many for a time.
In "Civilization
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Tyler
Dec 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is probably Freud’s most famous of his later sociological or ‘group psychology’ works, and there’s good reason for that.
Here he advances a somewhat pseudo-Hobbesian (although critics are too quick to label it so) model of society. Freud delivers the dualistic notions of Eros and Ananke, the Pleasure Principle and Death Drive (Thanatos) etc.
Freud basically sees human nature as having drives which must be expressed somehow. One is reminded of the old scientific maxim “energy is only transfer
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