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Freud and Happiness By Miguel Born in 1856 in a small European town Sigmund Freud would grow to be one of the most important thinkers in recorded history From a young age he attempted to understand the human mind and explain its tendencies In doing so he successfully managed to make countless enemies and critics His ideas in response to the puzzles of human existence often conflicted with those of his audience and I am in this number In his novel Civilization and Its Discontents Freud presents theories on happiness none of with which I agree Freud describes happiness understood by us as pleasure as everyones main goal in life According to Freud all humans strive after happiness they want to become happy and remain so25 Mankind struggles in everything to avoid feelings of displeasure and pain while attempting to experience feelings of joy and delight Freud named this concept the pleasure principle and he thought it to be the gist of life I on the other hand do not believe that the pleasure principle is everyones driving force First of all people have different goals in life starting with the most basic goal of survival Besides that though people seek love praise wealth and reproduction However different people do not hold these goals in equal esteem because no one is the same Secondly the need for happiness is important but not vital We can survive if we are not always experiencing pleasure but for some individuals sterility is devastating and for others the loss of love can lead to suicide Freud believed that the pleasure principal is prevalent in humans at all times but can never be satisfied He said that the principle dominates the operation of the mental apparatus from the start25 Right when we are born the pleasure principle is working inside of us As infants we cry if we are hungry or in pain and we enjoy the
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