This book is a seminal work in the field of psychology, exploring the inherent tension between civilization and the individual. The author, a famed psychologist, argues that civilization's imposition of societal norms and restrictions leads to individual unhappiness and discontent. He delves into the conflict between the human desire for freedom and society's need for order, suggesting that this tension is at the root of much human suffering. The book further explores concepts such as the super-ego, guilt, and the death drive, offering profound insights into the human psyche.
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This book is on the following lists:
- Great Books of the Western World (Great Books Foundation)
- ZEIT-Bibliothek der 100 Bücher (Die Zeit)
- The New Lifetime Reading Plan (The New Lifetime Reading Plan)
- 48 Good Books (University of Buffalo)