Essay on The Human Race By Sigmund Freud

797 Words Aug 7th, 2016 4 Pages
According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, civilization is “the condition that exists when people have developed effective ways of organizing a society and care about art, science, etc”. Despite the positive cognition that comes with civilization, Sigmund Freud, a neurologist and initiator of the concept of psychoanalysis, acquainted civilization as being something inadequate. According to Freud, civilization enables the human race to feel genuine happiness by outlawing actions that come instinctively by our individual psyche.

Sigmund Freud believes that the human race was born inherently savage. He believes that each individual has inborn instincts that make you barbaric. “The element of truth behind all this… is that men are not gentle creatures who want to be loved… they are, on the contrary, creatures among whose instinctual endowments is to be reckoned a powerful share of aggressiveness” (Freud 68). According to Freud, people are not kind-hearted and good, but instead are naturally aggressive and evil. The desire to be repulsive overpowers the desire to be good. The main purpose of life isn’t to feel cherished, but instead to be tempted into wrongdoings. It is our natural instincts as human beings to behave in this manner.

Conforming to Freud’s beliefs on intuition, our instincts are brought upon by our individual psyche. According to Freud, our personality is made up of id, ego, and superego that each foster at different paces in an individual’s life. Id is…

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