Pain and Discomfort Avoidance

  • Ernest Furchtgott
Part of the The Springer Series in Adult Development and Aging book series (SSAD)


Hedonism, the doctrine that human action can be attributed primarily to the desire to gain pleasure and avoid pain and discomfort, dates back to ancient times. The writings of Socrates’s pupil Aristippos (ca. 400 b.c.) were among the earliest to refer to this theory (Boring, 1950, p. 704). More recently, in both Darwin’s and Freud’s theories, hedonism was one of the basic postulates. Such a view was prevalent in many twentieth-century behavioristic theories of acquired drives, especially in animal models (Hilgard, 1987).


Major Depressive Disorder Activity Restriction Pain Perception McGill Pain Questionnaire Bodily Symptom 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ernest Furchtgott
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  1. 1.Late of the University of South CarolinaColumbiaUSA

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