posted on Jul, 18 2010 @ 10:29 PM
More and more often i see gratuitous fallacy and hypocrisy in the words of those that speak or share.
I could go into several different subjects, but the one that seems to be the most expressive is that of the UFO phenomenon, namely the idea that
According to Freud's "Ego-defense mechanism" theory, unknown or “unconscious” anxieties were the result of the Id (desires, basic wants and
needs) spilling over unconscious information into the conscious, leading to a “free-floating anxiety” with little to no idea what is causing the
feeling of this anxiety (Hock, 2009, p.238). He postulated that to compensate for this, the ego supercharges itself with ego defense mechanisms,
ultimately acting as a neural flood gate, performing against the Id’s inundation of the conscious with desires.
Through his observations of subjects and people around him, Freud determined that there were five main defense mechanisms: repression, regression,
projection, reaction formation, and sublimation. The first of the mechanisms, repression, was believed by Freud to be the most common type of defense.
Although at first Freud believed repression was the only mechanism, he later “acknowledged that repression was one of many psychological processes
available to protect a person” (Hock, 2009, p. 238). The idea of repression is that a person’s mind will not allow certain information to be
assessed consciously as it will create anxiety. An example of such would be a young boy who was picked on in school, teased, and physically threatened
and abused by his peers. To compensate for this conscious anxiety, the individual may force the memories into the unconscious to “forget” about
them, although they are not simply gone. The thoughts may externalize in the form of dreams or tongue slips, among other outlets.
The second, regression, involves the reorientation of a person’s behaviors to a previous state, a less anxious state. Think of a teenage girl whom
began dating a boy she loved and swore she would marry him - her first relationship. They had a passionate, intimate relationship, and it was suddenly
ended when the boyfriend was thrown in jail for life for having his own regressive meltdown, say, went back to old ways of stealing and just received
a third strike. The anxiety created by the loss of her “lover” may result in the girl’s mind regressing to the state it was in before she ever
had a relationship with a person; blissfully ignorant to the glory or ghastliness of love.
The following aspect of ego defense, projection, can be difficult to detect because of its paradoxical nature. Projection is characterized
by a person “projecting” their unconscious anxieties onto another, or that the person projecting will “see [their] unconscious urges in other
people’s behavior” (Hock, 2009, p. 239). A way to look at projection is in the case of a boy who just turned 16. He dreamed of owning and driving
a muscle car all his life. He graciously received one from his parents, but a few months later, his best friend bought a similar car then began to
modify it, making it even more “muscley.” The boy begins to talk about how lame his best friend’s car is out of his unconscious need to have the
coolest muscle car. He is relieving the anxiety of not having the coolest car, in his perception, by projecting how inadequate his own car is in his
eyes compared to his best friend’s.
[edit on 18-7-2010 by Ex Plures-Unus]