• Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality, Beyond the Pleasure Principle, The Ego and the Id

  • By: Sigmund Freud
  • Narrated by: Derek Le Page
  • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (54 ratings)

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Here are three key works by Sigmund Freud which, published in the first decades of the 20th century, underpinned his developing views and had such a dramatic effect on world society. In the uncompromising Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality (1905), he declared that 'sexual aberrations' are not limited to the insane but exist in 'normal' people to a greater or lesser degree. The three essays are divided between sexual perversions, childhood sexuality and puberty. Twenty-first century society has opened and developed the subject considerably, but it is still salutary to return to one of the most important early discussions. Freud presents the force of the unconscious in the sexual instinct and complexes such as the castration complex and the Oedipus complex, the latter of which he first noted in The Interpretation of Dreams. In Beyond the Pleasure Principle (1920) Freud corrects his earlier view that libido or sexual drive is the overwhelming force behind human activity. Now he balances the drive of 'Eros' with 'Thanatos', the destruction or death principle. Along with the pleasure principle, he argues, there lies a tendency for people to self-harm in many ways, either literally or by replaying painful events or thoughts of the past - deliberately invoking 'unpleasure' (psychological discomfort or pain). Beyond the Pleasure Principle remains one of the most criticised texts in the Freud oeuvre.

In The Ego and the Id (1923), Freud outlined his study of the human psyche, the result of many years of psychoanalytical practice. Based on the concepts of the 'conscious' and 'unconscious', three elements in the psychic apparatus come into play - the id (instinctual trends), the superego (the critical and moralising role) and the ego (the more conscious control that decides between the two). In the recording, the three works presented here are not only of interest in themselves but show the developing nature of Freud's thought and work over two decades. They are read clearly by Derek Le Page.

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Great set of books

These books were a marvelous introduction into Freud’s Ideas. I especially enjoyed beyond the pleasure principle and the ego and id.

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Highly recommended 👌

Highly recommended book in life, one the best books I've heard of.
Psychological analysis and meaning of the consciousness to the unconsciousness

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Chapters are numbered but NOT named!

What’s the point of having “Chapter 25” when you have NO IDEA what the contents are?! Frustrating and useless TOC in the era of information. The book is good, but if you want to go to a specific topic… purchase another book!

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research

my moments were of research and help to see more of Sigmund Freud teaching for further education and getting more of knowledge based facts well now I know a little more

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Amazing listening!

The narration is great. The discussed theories are mind blowing, definitely will listen again in near future!

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  • Sam Tuke
  • 05-21-21

Mixed bag

Book 1 and 3 are good. Book 2 didn't suit me at all - pseudo anatomical conjecture with a special vocabulary of undefined terms. Overall these requires considerable concentration to follow in audiobook form. A good way to get a strong flavour of Freud, but I'll need to read the text slowly to fully absorb it.