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Mass Psychology and the Civilization of Discontent

Freud’s whole corpus traces a trajectory from information theory to social relations. In “Cutlure and Discomfort” Freud poses the question of what purpose psychoanalysis has if the social is itself pathological. This text is immersed in a collection of attempts to solve this puzzle of the “analyst of society.” As opposed to medicine, psychiatry, and psychology, analysis does not attempt to accommodate the subject to the social norm. Rather is liberates the subject from the demands of the Other through the responsibility for desire and its implications on the road to a new collective.