A Lament from Sigmund Freud

Sigmund Freud

“Life, as we find it, is too hard for us; it brings us too many pains, disappointments and impossible tasks. In order to bear it we cannot dispense with palliative measures…. There are perhaps three such measures: powerful deflections, which cause us to make light of our misery; substitutive satisfactions, which diminish it; and intoxicating substances, which make us insensible to it.”

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2 responses to “A Lament from Sigmund Freud

  1. Dear Father Freud also remarked that all we need is love and work. That seems to cover “powerful deflections, which cause us to make light of our misery; substitutive satisfactions, which diminish it” but he has not addressed “intoxicating substances, which make us insensible to it.” in significant detail.

    Perhaps he just cannot remember.

  2. The order one employs these matters.