Freud - Is Civilisation Problematic
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DOES FREUD’S PSYCHOANALYTIC INTERPRETATION OF THE PSYCHE TURN CIVILIZED EXISTENCE INTO SOMETHING PROBLEMATIC?
The question I have chosen is
“Does Freud’s psychoanalytic interpretation of the psyche turn civilized existence into something problematic?”
This question is essentially asking whether what Freud believes about the human psyche (or mind) contradict a belief in an harmonious society, and therefore is civilised existence essentially nothing but a dilemma.
I will attempt to answer this question by drawing on what Freud postulated about the psychical. This will then be used to explain why the ‘human psyche’ is on a constant quest for ‘the whole’, or satisfaction, and how this only leads only to constant discontent and an unconscious drive for self-destruction, known as the ‘death instinct.’
Firstly, Freud proposed many theories about the psyche, the basis of which being the segmenting of the psy...
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