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Sunday
Sep042005

Analyzing The Already Exposed Core

I really need a new monitor.

In other news, I have been thinking how social groups operate in relation to transactional analysis, a psychological approach to social interations. And in experience that i've been in, it seems like there is a unconcious core belief that all groups coalesce into, that perpetuates this group mentality long after many of the genuine friendships in their most beneficial sense, have died. Many people in these groups subscribe to overt projective identification, which projects the beliefs of one (X) onto the belief of another (Y) and constructs this person using their own projected thoughts. X may enjoy watching sci-fi with Y, until Y suggests watching a comedy. By projecting X's own love for sci-fi onto Y, they question Y's motives which in reality, run parallel with X's perceptions of Y.

Returning to the core belief system, groups in my view are constructed around a core belief or transaction. In one I have encountered, people band together because they are afraid of rejection and this group provides comfort for them. Another male-dominated group I have encountered is centered around the unconcious approval and cultivation of misogynistic tendencies which is an extension of a possible castration complex (and, it can be said all these males have the aforementioned complex) by mercilessly (and unconciously) poking fun of female sexuality. Another is constructed around an environment of constant validation which will make all members feel "safe" in their own simulated reality in an "I'm OK - You're OK" mentality. Another is accepting of lying and hypocrisy to facilitate members' laviscious conduct in an unquestioning, morally relativistic setting. It's quite interesting to note these things down, and explorations into Psychoanalysis are set to continue. Hopefully I wasn't too off the mark in my lay analyses i've provided. I'm still learning, though.

And in closing, Prince of Persia kicked the shit through Commander Keen. Best, animated sprite, ever.

Reader Comments (2)

oh, you're so just saying that to get me to comment about how Prince of Persia was clearly inferior. For one, it didn't come bundled with pong.
I was going to say I won't rise to the temptation, but.. er..

I wonder if "my" "group" is referred to there. If they are, I don't recognise them. But then, maybe I never knew them in the first place. Maybe I am x, making them all watch sci fi when they'd prefer comedy. Thinking they felt the same way, only to discover that the frienships never extended beyond squeals and shallow, contrived in-jokes.
ah well.

Mon, September 5, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterShn

Yours is not referred to there. What has Prince of Persia got to do with pong? The only thing that's PONG is Commander Keen. :P

Tue, September 6, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterCrushtor

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