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Monday, October 14, 2013

Michael Guy Thompson, Ph.D. EHI:7 Session Outline

Existential Freud: Converting Neurotic Misery Into Common Unhappiness

Michael Guy Thompson, Ph.D.    90 minutes

This presentation will review Freud’s inherently existential take on the human condition as depicted in his seminal and most popular work, CIVILIZATION AND ITS DISCONTENTS (originally titled: “Culture and Unhappiness”). The paper teases out the paradox of our all too human condition, that in order to achieve self-confidence and inner peace amidst the everyday turmoil of modern living we must come to terms with the observation that most of our endeavors end in failure and disappointment. My thesis is that the willingness to take chances in the face of these disappointments is the surest way of obtaining the happiness we aspire to.

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