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Ilanet.RepressiveDesublimationr1.7 - 12 Jan 2019 - 12:16 - GregorioIvanoff

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[The negative aspects of repression] The contents can cause a reversal in our behavior. Jung used the term "enantiodromia" to label the inclination of people to go from one extreme to the other, as when a seemingly sweet, harmless person suddenly indulges a violent rampage. (Repression and Suppression, 2013)


Political theorist Herbert Marcuse was a big fan of Freud and lived through the social upheavals of the 1960s. He wanted to explain how societies could go through periods of social liberation, like the countercultures and revolutions of the mid-twentieth century, and yet still remain under the (often strict) control of governments and corporations. How could the U.S. have gone through all those protests in the 60s but never actually overthrown the government? The answer, he decided, was a peculiar emotional state known as "repressive desublimation." Remember, Freud said sublimation is when you route your sexual energies into something non-sexual. But Marcuse lived during a time when people were very much routing their sexual energies into sex — it was the sexual liberation era, when free love reigned. People were desublimating. And yet they continued to be repressed by many other social strictures, coming from corporate life, the military, and the government. Marcuse suggested that desublimation can actually help to solidify repression. It acts as an escape valve for our desires so that we don't attempt to liberate ourselves from other social restrictions. A good example of repressive desublimation is the intense partying that takes place in college. Often, people in college do a lot of drinking, drugging and hooking up — while at the same time studying very hard and trying to get ready for jobs. Instead of questioning why we have to pay tons of money to engage in rote learning and get corporate jobs, we just obey the rules and have crazy drunken sex every weekend. Repressive desublimation! (NEWITZ, 2011)


Keywords: traumatic silence, social liberation, social strictures, social exposure, emotional outbursts, group feelings, psychological states, language development, rote learning, government, enantiodromia, exposure, differentiability, repression, praise, trauma


Palavras-chave: diagnóstico de oralidade


NEWITZ, Annalee. 10 Psychological States You've Never Heard Of — And When You Experienced Them, 20 June 2011. Available from < http://io9.com/5813475/10-psychological-states-youve-never-heard-of--and-when-you-experienced-them >. access on 20 June 2013.

Repression and Suppression. Available from < http://www.trans4mind.com/jamesharveystout/repress.htm >. access on 14 October 2013.

-- GregorioIvanoff - 14 Oct 2013
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