Beyond the Pleasure Principle

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Penguin Adult, Jul 31, 2003 - Psychology - 270 pages
23 Reviews
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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Review: Beyond the Pleasure Principle and Other Writings

User Review  - Fletcher Wortmann - Goodreads

Freud was a great writer, a fascinating thinker, and a very questionable psychologist. I think of him as the Christopher Columbus of the field; he was far ahead of his contemporaries, but he also made ... Read full review

Review: Beyond the Pleasure Principle and Other Writings

User Review  - Peter Mcloughlin - Goodreads

This is the book where Freud first propounded the death instinct or the desire to return to a simpler state of organization ie destructive impulse. This book is Freud's grappling of the horror of ... Read full review

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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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