Self Defense

The Father of Psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud, postulated “ego defense mechanisms.”   For example, the ego uses intellectualization to displace anxiety-producing thoughts with related “intellectual” thoughts.  The nasty thoughts are repressed into unconsciousness while acceptable intellectual thoughts are expressed freely.

What if psychology itself is an intellectualization and defense mechanism against Self Realization?

There is a model of being human that suggests that we’ve chosen to forget our Self.  If that’s true, then the part of us that remembers that we chose to forget must feel really really bad, because forgetting our Self is causing a lot of problems — and it did it on purpose.

I could see how the ego would play a game of intellectualization to cover its ass.

In the meantime, defend your Self.

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