Psychoanalytic as defined in the reality principle. As

theory, developed by Sigmund Freud, is essentially a theory of personality
developed as a part of a form of psychotherapy. Despite its strictly clinical
and individual origins, this approach has been one of the most comprehensive
and encompassing in contemporary thinking, extending its influence beyond
psychology to other social sciences and various areas of culture and the arts.
Not always the individual conforms to the social tradition, but can rebel
against it. This can be due to many factors, but two are of particular
importance: the severity of the prohibitions imposed by society on the
individual, and the weakness of the ego and superego. The tendency to rebel
increases if social prohibitions are excessive, if the person does not have the
ability to find satisfactions within the approved social framework (ego
weakness), or if the social tradition has not been sufficiently internalized
due to a failure of identification (weakness of the superego). In the case of
Michael Jackson, he had an extremely difficult relationship with his father,
Joe; his father, recognized in 2003 that he periodically beat up Michael
Jackson as a child. Even Michael Jackson confessed that he was abused
physically and emotionally during the incessant rehearsals to which he was
subjected by his father “Joe.” His abuse had consequences. Michael had
various episodes in his life were he would cry from loneliness and even sometimes
vomit after seeing his father. From the abuse he received as a child from his
father, the only scape he had from his reality was to look for comfort. This
consisted in inviting kids to his theme park-like house Neverland Ranch, that
would always lower his stress and also he was finally creating and living the
childhood he never had. Confirming that the id operates in “according to
the demands of the pleasure principle in order to satisfy pleasure and reduce
inner tension.” Moreover, this “innocent” act brought a lot of
problems into Michael’s life more than once, and those times he was accused of
sexual abuse of a child he invited to his house. The trial ended with Michael
not being guilty and not a pedophile, but was declared a “regressed
10-year-old”. Michael felt the pressure and internalized societal rules of
the superego, it had an impact on his sexually deviant actions. Freud may argue
that Michael had a strong ego because his personal victimization allowed him to
solve problems logically as defined in the reality principle. As a result, he
committed in behaviors that increased inner tension relating with the abuse he
had as a child.


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