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  • n. Unpleasantness; displeasure.
  • n. A sense of internal discomfort opposed to pleasure, produced by impeded impulses from the ego.


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From un- +‎ pleasure.


  • The fact that Freud tilts his developmental theory primarily towards the former, on the overriding significance of unpleasure, is a symptom of strong theory at work: strong theory tends to be preemptive, organized by the demands of prevention rather than facilitation.

    _Alastor_, Apostasy, and the Ecology of Criticism

  • Sure, the ego wants to please itself, but perversely it does so not by seeking out pleasure, which can cause it overexcitement, but by reducing unpleasure, which Freud defines as anything that throws the ego off course, upsetting its equilibrium.


  • Trauma, the experience of unabsorbable unpleasure, brings out both streams of motives, to minimize the hurt and to bring satisfaction instead.

    Dr. Leo Rangell: Music in the Head: Living at the Brain-Mind Border; Part 1

  • Either a song or tune already indicates the mood, or a preliminary cadence is there, in a neutral mood or on one side of pleasure or unpleasure, ready for "me" to add the song and define how I feel.

    Dr. Leo Rangell: Music in the Head: Living at the Brain-Mind Border; Part 2

  • But this expression of unpleasure will stimulate the voters.

    Archive 2006-05-01

  • But I feel quite well today, at least I don't blame the slight unpleasure on the beer....

    Christmas Party

  • The path of logic Freud follows in developing this idea of “unpleasure” can help us understand how the Freudian model might fare in the age of neuroscience.

    Mind Wide Open

  • If they succeed subsequently, as can so easily happen with repressed sexual instincts, in struggling through, by roundabout paths, to a direct or to a substitutive satisfaction, that event, which would in other cases have been an opportunity for pleasure, is felt by the ego as unpleasure.

    Mind Wide Open

  • Hence this strange notion of “unpleasure” that arises at the end of the passage.

    Mind Wide Open

  • And the way the brain pushes us away from things is by creating feelings of unpleasure—stress, anxiety, fear—in our heads.

    Mind Wide Open


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