Friday, Oct. 26 2012
Personality and Narrative
→ Unconscious motivations, but interprets lives without concern for patient’s narrative. Ego
defense, repression, resistance.
- What makes you tick and what drives you is something that you probably do not
know about / are not aware of.
- There’s a potential danger. If you’ve been living a life and you know there’s some
issues and you don’t know where these issues come from, Freud would ask you a
bunch of question about what you think, even though he doesn’t care because he
thinks that you do not know, he’s figuring out deep connections and understandings.
Will tell you certain things are a sign of your defense mechanisms underlying
Dora: repressed sexual motives
Famous case that Freud studied (p.699). was sent to Freud for
therapy. It seemed that what was going on was that Dora was given
to the husband of the cheating wife as a way for him to deal with
what was going on. Dora didn’t want to deal with the husband and
went to Freud for help. Freud said that she had an issue with her
father and that’s why she is repressing her sexual motives. Freud
thought his narrative was right and felt Dora should have went with
Freuds interpretation of what was going on rather than her own.
Leonardo: speculation beyond evidence
Freud tried to explain Leondrdo’s development and behaviour, and
why he painted the Mona Lisa. The smile in the Mona Lisa is what is
of particular interest. Because of the smile, Freud directed the
attention to the oral stage stating Leonardo had these issues and
needed someone to replace the issues he had while breastfeeding so
he created the Mona Lisa with the “enchanting” lips to change the
representation of Leonardo’s mother.
Problem with the psychobiography went wrong at the beginning
with the wrong translation of a key word.
→ Led to ego psychology’s focus on individuals self-interpretation - Elaborated Freud’s theory and gave the ego more control.
→ Personology studies long unit/whole life; person is “time-binding” organism. Freudian
influence. TAT methodology.
- We as the ‘I’ pull together in time (past, present, future) various experiences that