Sex & Defense Mechanisms
Freud first elaborated on the idea of defense mechanisms and his daughter Anna further refined and organized the concept. Although defense mechanisms are normal and universally used, when carried to an extreme they lead to compulsive, repetitive, and neurotic behavior. Because we must expend psychic energy to establish and maintain defense mechanisms, the more defensive we are, the less psychic energy we have left to satisfy id impulses. This, of course, is precisely the ego’s purpose in establishing defense mechanisms–to avoid dealing directly with sexual and aggressive implosives and to defend itself against the anxiety that accompanies them.
Class, how does this concept fit into the mode of today’s society? Is sex and aggression aided within our current society?
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