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(This is NOT a thread about orgone energy crystals, we all must learn at some point to separate disparate concepts in our heads and not write off surprisingly insightful information because of its attachments to the eccentricities of great men.)

The example I like to use is that of Isaac Newton, who practiced alchemy painstakingly for all of his life with an unmatched fervor, because of this involvement and his various other occult and biblical eccentricities, we do not make the fallacy to say that his Physics is disproven by proxy.

Suffice to say that Great madness Shadows Great genius.


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I hope you guys can translate this knowledge into your daily lives in some useful fashion. Cheers!

Let's set the stage.


>Enter Humanity. Enter Technology. Enter the Necessity for cooperation.

The stage is set before us, and mankind finds itself wedged between a rock and a hard place as it evolves at a staggering pace into the modern industrial world. What was once a tribal affinity for cooperation in small groups and hunting packs then became a working experiment with large scale production and agriculture.

As is often the case in these forms of cultural necessity, we sacrificed something to cooperate, playing to social normatives, often arbitrary, simple rule sets that would help us survive in larger numbers as we became more estranged from nature.

There are certain consequences to such jumps in our social structure however, and many of these consequences can be seen illustrated in modern day religion, an institution that originally attempted to regain the sensation of subjective Mystical ecstacy that was so influential in our history as a fledgeling species. In its attempts are littered the sort of corruption that comes about from attempting to bend People to their society, and not vice versa.

It was Carl G. Jung that was responsible for laying much of the arcane foundation for this Psychoanalysis of the Mystical.

It was Wilhelm Reich however that synthesized the ideas of Freud on Sexuality and Psychoanalytics that are so under-appreciated as one of the most fascinating bodies of work on The Eros (Erotic) of mankind today.

Freud believed that The people who make up a society should conform to the society's rules. Reich however, established the basis for the opposite position, that Society Should conform to the individuals who comprise it.

In this world few things can be so universally observed as the Phenomenon of Repression and it's Psychoanalytical Dynamics.

As if History found a common thread in all major philosophies and sciences, the Axiom: All actions have equal and opposite Reactions, has never been more true in the emotionally plagued world set before us.

Human beings are firing their emotions at the wrong targets, often misdirecting their true hatred of an oppressor onto opposite painted targets, effectively revealing a clue to their motivations, the inverse of their desires.
Wilhelm Reich, an eccentric but brilliant Austrian Psychoanalyst, synthesized some of these compelling and fascinating causal relationships with repression and character structure, giving new insight to the natural consequences of Erotic/Desire Denial and the common Neurotic Archetypes that these figures fall into. Odds are, you know these people, by the dozen.

But First, a foreword to this dense field of study:

Character Analysis said:
In our investigation of the various character types, we proceeded from the assumption that every character form, in terms of its basic function, represents an armoring against the stimuli of the outer world and the repressed inner drives. The external form of this armoring, however, is always historically determined. We also endeavored to cite a few conditions which determine different character types.

Perhaps the most important of these, apart from the character of the person most responsible for the child's upbringing, is the stage of development in which the instinctual apparatus meets its most crucial frustration. Definite Relations must always exist between the external appearance of the character, its inner mechanism, and the specific history of its origin. [Pg. 204, Character Analysis. Wilhelm Reich.]


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The Character Archetypes




A) Masochistic Character -The masochistic character trait takes the form of an expression of behaviors that can only be seen as an intense desire to self punish and lower themselves as a necessity of psychic fulfillment.

Naturally this behavior can result in some very detrimental behavior patterns that at best degrade the development of the individual.

Let us take for instance the fact that Gay Pastors become the hosts to some of the most virulent and masochistic arguments against marriage equality, Highlighting the inner conflict in many a case, that they themselves are externalizing an internal repressive struggle. Their masochism, hidden or revealed, denotes the greater Economics of how this super-egoic habit can render healthy individuals into unpredictable emotional tornadoes, slaves to their atrophied and broken natural pressure valves.

These types Can often be seen paired with individuals who will exact punishment or employ methods of inflicting pain as a complementary neurotic relationship. (Sadist-Mashochist)

Exhibit Ted:

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Then we have the Narcissistic Character...
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B) Narcissistic Character
- This character compensates for their inhibited self expression with a haughty and self affirming caricature of themselves. Often Self confident, aggressive or reactive, these individuals tend to become arbiters of a kind of pseudo-ego that becomes their character armor. They often react depressive-passively or violent aggressively to attempts to devalue their or trespass on their essential Self importance or authority.
Wilhelm Reich said:
Such individuals usually anticipate any expected attack with an attack on their part. Their aggression is very often expressed not so much in what they say or do as in the manner in which they say or do things. Particularly to people who do not have their own aggression at their disposal they appear as aggressive and provocative.

The outspoken types tend to achieve leading positions in life and resent subordination unless they can - as in the army or other hierarchic organizations - compensate for the necessity of subordination by exerting domination over others who find themselves on lower rungs of the ladder.

If their vanity is hurt, they react either with cold reserve, deep depression or lively aggression. In contrast to other characters, their narcissism expresses itself not in an infantile manner but in exaggerated display of self-confidence, dignity and superiority, in spite of the fact that the basis of their character is no less infantile than that of others.

~Reich, Wilhelm (1949). Character Analysis, 3rd ed. New York: Farrar, Straus, & Giroux.
My example for this one? Why none than the portrayal of Patrick Bateman of American Psycho, the perfect illustration of this character type.

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C) Hysterical Character - The Hysterical Character is an individual that exerts their emotional excess in the form of an unstable, and often uncontrollable emotional displays. Also one of the first Neuroses to ever gain critical attention in the Vienna Psychoanalytical Community, this structure is said to be one of the most common and visible character structures.

Character Analysis said:
The Hysterical Character, as complicated as the pathological symptoms and reactions pertaining to it may often be, represents the simplest, most transparent type of character armor.
Character Analysis said:
Whereas shyness and anxiousness paired with coquetry as well as physical agility are conspicuous in the behavioral expressions of a hysterical character, the additional specific hysterical character trails are concealed. Among this we find fickleness of reactions, i.e. a tendency to change one's attitudes unexpectedly and unintentionally; a strong suggestibility, which never appears alone but is coupled with a strong tendency to reactions of disappointment.

The facial expression and the gait of the Hysterical character are never severe or heavy, as they are in the compulsive character; never arrogant or self confident, as they are in the Phallic-Narcissistic character. The Movements of the archetype have a kind of lilting quality (not to be confused with elastic), are supple and sexually provocative. That the Hysterical Character is easily excited can be inferred from the appearance as a whole. The Appearance of the compulsive character, on the other hand, suggests restraint.

In Contrast to the compulsive character, the hysterical character is overladen with Unabsorbed sexual tension. This leads to his armoring. It is far less compact and stable that the armoring of the compulsive character. In the hysterical character, the armoring constitutes, in the simplest possible way, an anxious ego defense against the genital strivings.

Generally, the meaning of this function is as follows: the hysterical character has exceptionally strong and as follows: The hysterical character has exceptionally strong and ungratified genital impulses that are inhibited by genital anxiety. Thus, he always feels himself at the mercy of dangers which correspond to his infantile fears.

[Pg. 204-206. Character Analysis. Wilhelm Reich.
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And finally, We have The Compulsive Character. (Read up INTPs and INTJs You're more susceptible to this one on average)




D) Compulsive Character- Of the most well studied of the Character structures, this individual is rigid, regimental, and formal in his interactions with the world as pattern seeking and strictly routine. This is believed to develop in the Anal Stage of Childhood development, pertaining to thoughts of cleanliness, order, and regulation.

Character Analysis said:
Even if the neurotic compulsive sense of order is not present, a pedantic sense of order is typical of the compulsive character. In both big and small things, he lives his life according to preconceived, irrevocable pattern. Advantageous to an official, this trait will prove to be detrimental to productive work, to the play of new ideas. Hence, compulsive characters are seldom found among great statesmen. They are more likely to be encountered among scientists, whose work is not incompatible with such a trait even though it wholly precludes speculation and will stand in the way of fundamentally new discoveries.

This is related to another character trait, the ever-present penchant for circumstantial, ruminative thinking. There is a marked inability to focus attention on what is rationally important about an object and to disregard its superficial aspects. Attention is evenly distributed; questions of secondaary importance are accorded the same thoroughness as those at the center of professional interests. The more pathological and rigid this trait is, the more attention is concentrated on things of secondary importance and rationally more important matters are sidetracked.

This is part of the larger process of progressive repression directed against repressed ideas. Usually, these ideas, childish musings on forbidden things, are not allowed to penetrate the real issue. This thinking and musing also move along prescribed path, in accordance with definite, historically determined schemata, and considerably obstruct the flexibility of one's thinking.

In some cases, an above-average capacity for abstract, logical thinking compensates for this rigidity. The critical capacities- within the framework of logic-- are better developed than the creative capacities.

Pg. 209-210. Character Analysis. Wilhelm Reich.
The Severity of the Neurosis = Proportional to the severity of the Frustration during the stage of development. There is a great deal of variance, so to successfully progress from one stage of human development to the next unmolested should not lead one to conclude that the person is necessarily 'more developed', because depending on the child rearing, it could be mild or severe.

But Hysteria is the most obvious of the neurotic types, some are almost invisible on a social level because of how ambivalent the culture is to the expression of certain Neurotic pathologies, it's only when you get into peoples' life expressions and behavior that you can begin to see the severity of Neurotic behavior, which can be as mild as over-reacting to feelings of failure on the upcoming exam in an emotional outburst(Hysteria) to Covering your entire bedroom top to bottom with Sticky Notes of To-Do's and plastic wrapping your carpet. (Severe Obsessive Compulsive-Anal Character)
 

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Does not seem very realistic.
BTW, INTP is not usually connected to: rigid, regimental, strictly routine, cleanliness, order, and regulation.

Jung said:
...Such experience is merely one reason the more for basing my presentation
upon the subjective conscious psychology of the individual, since there, at least, one has a
definite objective footing, which completely [p. 454] drops away the moment we try to ground
psychological principles upon the unconscious. For the observed, in this case, could undertake no
kind of co-operation, because there is nothing of which he is not more informed than his own
unconscious. The judgment would entirely devolve upon the observer -- a certain guarantee that
its basis would be his own individual psychology, which would infallibly be imposed upon the
observed
. To my mind, this is the case in the psychologies both of Freud and of Adler.
 
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