Beyond the Pleasure Principle and Other Writings - Sigmund Freud


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.

Writings included:

  • On the Introduction of Narcissism
  • Remembering, Repeating and Working Through
  • Beyond the Pleasure Principle
  • The Ego and the Id
  • Inhibition, Symptom, Fear

'Beyond the Pleasure Principle' is featured in our Freud in Focus 1 Podcast series. Listen to the series here. 

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