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Fri, 05 Apr


Valletta Voluntary Centre

Reading Class on Sigmund Freud's classic Civilisation and its Discontents with Gail Debono

Civilisation overcomes the dangerous aggression of the individual by weakening him, disarming him and setting up an internal authority to watch over him. Do you agree or disagree? Come and join the discussion !

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Reading Class on Sigmund Freud's classic Civilisation and its Discontents with Gail Debono
Reading Class on Sigmund Freud's classic Civilisation and its Discontents with Gail Debono

Time & Location

05 Apr 2024, 18:00 – 19 Apr 2024, 19:30

Valletta Voluntary Centre, Melita St, Valletta, Malta


About the event

Explore Sigmund Freud’s Civilisation and its Discontents with a three-day Reading Session by Gail Debono

Join Gail Debono for an enlightening discussion of Sigmund Freud Civilisation and its Discontents. Three separate sessions, to be hosted at the Valletta Voluntary Centre, will explore Freud’s thoughts on the nature of civilization, society and the human psyche. The central theme of the book revolves around the inherent tension between the individual's instinctual drives and the constraints imposed by society for the sake of maintaining order and civilization. Published in 1930, this classic publication remains influential in the fields of psychology, sociology, and philosophy, sparking ongoing discussions about the nature of civilization and the human condition.

🗓️ Dates: Friday, April 5th, 2024 | Friday, April 12th, 2024 | Friday, April 19th, 2024

🕕 Time: 6:00 pm – 7: 30 pm

📍 Location:Valletta Voluntary Centre

Session Highlights:

Friday, 5th April 2024 | 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

· Introduction of Freud

· The role of Religion; The concept of oceanic feeling

· The question of the purpose of human life

· How happiness eludes mankind

Friday, 12th April 2024 | 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

· Eros and Anake (Love and Necessity)

· How the frustrations of our sexual lives lead to aggression

· The eternal struggle between the Eros and Death drives

Friday, 19th April 2024 | 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

· The development of the sense of guilt to inhibit the aggressive drive.

· The eternal conflict between individuals and civilisations

About the Speaker

Gail Debono is a Forensic Psychologist in corrections and private practice. She is also a Humanist celebrant under the auspices of Humanist Malta. She is President of the Chamber of Psychologists and sits on the committees of the boards of the EMDR Association of Malta and Humanists Malta. Her research interests lie in the understanding of role of deep-seated trauma in the development of criminal behaviour, and its implications for treatment in desistance from crime.


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