The Pleasure Principle

Vincent Carlos

If you look at your own life, you will see that every single one of your day to day decisions branches out in two directions: You’re either moving towards perceived pleasure or away from perceived pain.

This behavior in human beings is what’s known as the pleasure principle. And in the book “Civilizations and Its Discontents,” Sigmund Freud says that our behavior is largely dominated by this principle.

When you wake up in the morning for example, the pleasure of staying in bed is a lot greater than the “pain” of getting up, so as a result most people will stay in bed.

However, sometimes we have something we have to do in the morning like go to school or go to work and although the pleasure of staying in bed is still high, the pain of not going to school or work is far greater. So as a result, most people get…

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