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Slap, J.W. (1967). Freud's View on Pleasure and Aggression. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 15:370-375.

(1967). Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 15:370-375

Freud's View on Pleasure and Aggression

Joseph W. Slap, M.D.


Whether pleasure can occur in the discharge of aggressive energy has never been entirely settled. Pertinent writings of Freud have been scrutinized and inconsistencies revealed; a possible motive for the reluctance to accept the affirmative view is proffered. It is noted that analytic usage tends to assume that pleasure can occur in the discharge of aggressive energy, and the conclusion is here drawn that the burden of argument should fall on those taking the negative view.

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