Sigmund Freud’s reputation has been consistently going down since at least the 1970s. That’s too bad because Freudian analysis of fictional works really does work and can provide you with an easy A. Not sure if there is a realistic chance that Freudian analysis of mental problems will be of any use, but you can’t go wrong when writing a term paper that explains human motivation in Freudian terms. Well, you can go wrong if you aren’t familiar with those terms. Herewith I present The Poseur’s Guide to Freudian Psychology.
You simply cannot be a Freudian poseur without knowing about the Oedipus Complex. This complex was named after the character in a series of plays that unwittingly killed his father and married his mother. Yeah, sure, it’s sick, but when cast in a theoretical light, you can almost use the entire Oedipus Complex situation to describe any character having trouble with females. The Complex posits the notion of motivation driven by an unconscious incestuous desire for the mother. This is why so many guys marry women who resemble their mother. Supposedly.
The pleasure principle resides in the Id. Those who go about their bidness not carying abot social constraits are idiots. Get it?
The superego is the better part of your self. This is where morality and ethics reside. The Poseur’s Guide to Guide to Freudian Psychology suggests that there may be a law that anyone with a working superego cannot go into politics.
The ego is the integration of the Id and Superego and represents a combination that may not be entirely authentic.
Think Kanye West. Narcissism is also named after a Greek literary character; Narcissus could not stop staring at his own reflection. Anyone who is even remotely concerned only with himself or herself can be said to suffer from a Narcissistic Complex. This is why Kanye West labors under the delusion that he actually matters even in the insular world of music…or rapping, if you will.
If you watch Glenn Beck’s nightly tirade against common sense, you may be suffering from masochism. The masochistic personally derives pleasure from pain. Therefore, the best response when a masochist asks to be spanks is NOT to spank them.
Supposedly the opposite of masochism, but the Poseur’s Guide to Freudian Psychology suggests that sadists are actually masochists. Sadists (named after Marquis de Sade) love to dole out violent punishment. What is hidden within this desire is the urge to make the masochist feel pain. But since a masochist gets pleasure from feeling pain, the only proper response from a sadist would be NOT to spank or whip or stick pins into the flesh. Therefore, the submissive in a BDSM relationship is really the dominant person and the sadist is the submissive who gives in to the masochist’s desire. Think about it.
The antisocial personality is actually a fairly broad umbrella term that includes everything from neurotics to psychotics. Those who bet crazy on the horses would be considered antisocial just as those who never look you in the eye when conversing with you. Dick Cheney is also an example of an antisocial personality because he doesn’t care what the majority of people think of his actions.
Watch an episode or two of Dear John or the old Bob Newhart Show and you’ll get a view of Group Therapy. You can also get an idea of this therapy by watching One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. This is merely psychotherapy in which more than one patient is discussing problems with a therapist.
Fetishism is often thought of solely as a sexual deviation in which a certain thing must be possessed or looks at or thought about to derive sexual pleasure. Fetishes cannot be limited to mere sexuality, however. The fetish of the individual is a very important element in social organization. Most people view money with a fetishistic imperative. The heart beat and pulse of some people actually reach orgasmic levels when they are handed money.
In Freudian terms, depression is most definitely not simply a case of the blues or the blahs. Depression involves a gloomy outlook and a lack of the ability to be happy. Anhedonia is primal trait of Freudian psychology.
The inability to feel pleasure even if you were to have won the Powerball lottery. Also, the original title of Annie Hall.