The Freud's Trap in International Politics

18 October 2023, Version 1
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Sigmund Freud, the founder of the school of psychoanalysis, developed the concept of “repetition compulsion,” which suggests that individuals may unconsciously re-enact past traumatic experiences. This paper seeks to explore the applicability of Freud's concept of repetition compulsion in the field of international politics. This paper introduces the concept of the “Freud's Trap” in international relations, examines relevant historical and contemporary cases, analyzes the negative impact of the Freud's Trap, and explores the possibility of the state escaping from the Freud's Trap. Freud's Trap, characterized by repetitive behaviors exhibited by states, pose a significant challenge to global stability and progress. In the future, further research and study on this topic will be necessary to fully understand the Freud's Trap and find effective strategies to overcome it.


Freud's Trap
Repetition Compulsion
International Politics

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