Beyond the Pleasure Principle

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Penguin Adult, Jul 31, 2003 - Psychology - 270 pages
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In Freud's view we are driven by the desire for pleasure as well as by the desire to avoid pain. But the pursuit of pleasure has never been a simple thing. Pleasure can be a form of fear, a form of memory and a way of avoiding reality. Above all, as these essays show with remarkable eloquence, pleasure is a way in which we repeat ourselves.
The essays collected in this volume explore, in Freud's uniquely subtle and accessible style, the puzzles of pleasure and morality - the enigmas of human development.

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User Review  - David Balfour - Goodreads

Beyond the Pleasure Principle is shockingly bleak. The idea of the pleasure principle as the desire to reduce stimuli and relieve tension naturally lends itself to the absolute absence of experience ... Read full review

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User Review  - Marlana Eck - Goodreads

Freud is an accessible theorist. Make fun of his assertions, but he was a sharp guy. This text made me appreciate his impact on our culture. Read full review

About the author (2003)

Sigmund Freud was born in 1856 and died in exile in London in 1939. As a writer and doctor he remains one of the informing voices of the twentieth century.

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