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  • Yoav Levin

Freud's "Reaction Formation" and the Reality of Rape Culture Hysteria!

עודכן: 7 בדצמ׳ 2021

Which background they share together; What do they have in common; And how does it lead to the Phenomenon of False Allegation!

In psychoanalysis, defense mechanisms (Abwehrmechanismus in German) are a group of mental processes whose function is to protect the individual from awareness of negative feelings, especially anxiety. The term was coined by Sigmund Freud, the father of psychoanalysis, following his observations of the hysteria that many of his first female patients suffered. He argued that hysteria was merely a defense mechanism that served them to cope with emotional pain that they could not bear, and explained how the use of immature defenses deprives the individual of psychic energy and thus interferes with the way of life and causes suffering (it must be added not only to oneself but others too).

Modern psychology especially the CBT and with greater emphasis the Schema Therapy developed by Young and as a part of the cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) expands even more on this phenomenon while explaining the harmful effect such a cognitive dissonance causes by creating a harmful, pervasive, extensive and devastating suffering. Freud understood psychoanalysis as a means primarily aimed at upgrading basic defense mechanisms to more developed defense mechanisms that enable a person to reduce his suffering and function better in society while modern psychology understands that all of those mechanisms are creating suffering to everyone aiming at replacing those maladaptive schemas with healthy coping skills achieving happiness and mental well-being.

Later on, it was his daughter Anna (1937) who followed in the footsteps of her father and has developed these ideas and elaborated on them, adding five of her own. Furthermore, many psychoanalysts have also added further types of such defense mechanisms. One of them is what we call "Reaction Formation". This is where a person goes beyond denial and behaves in the opposite way to which he or she thinks or feels. By using the "Reaction Formation" the ID is satisfied while keeping the ego in ignorance of the true motives. Conscious feelings are the opposite of the unconscious.

So according to Freud, Love - hate, Shame - disgust and moralizing are "Reaction Formations" against sexuality. It seems as though this model offers not only a plausible explanation for the distorted feminist mentality but especially gives an insight into the feminist perverted sexuality in terms of the rape culture hysteria as well as the false rape allegation syndrome. In a survey aiming at finding the answer on why so many women are looking for particularly violent porn it found that 52% of women have a fantasy about forced sex and 30% fantasized about rape. Anyway, in general, rape fantasies among women are threefold or fourfold in terms of symbolism. It depends on the division or classification:

1. Symbol of the female nature in terms of submission and letting go of control. It is not meant as being subservient but rather being open, confident enough (including the partner) and free to let go of the control of the situation (which enhances female sexual satisfaction and gratification). This is by far the main symbolism. It is also important to remember that it is a phantasy only; a symbolism for submission and letting go of control, not really and truly a wish or desire to be raped (fantasies do not reflect wishes)

2. Sexual openness - in fact 1 and 2 are interrelated and therefore as I said it depends on the classification that can be threefold or fourfold. This explanation says that women who enjoy sex and accept their enjoyment without anxiety, guilt, or shame feel sufficiently free to play with erotic scenarios beyond the boundaries of what they’d ever want to experience in real life. It’s fantasy. A symbolism of submission and letting go of the need to control! I’m free to fantasize anything. By the way, BDSM or related romance novels belong to this category.

3. Sexual desirability as a woman- again this symbolism derives and is related to romance novels which are the female lingual equivalent of the visual porn for men. It's the idea that she's so hot that an evil dude can't resist her but later she'll marry and tame him. I real life we can see some sort of this dynamic and application in terms that women are attracted to bad guys. It's the second most important symbolism.

4. Sexual blame avoidance. Here it's about the female recognition that women’s erotic desires may trigger feelings of anxiety, guilt, and shame. How can women still enjoy robust sexual fantasies without developing these feelings or even having outstanding sex without this negative label? They fantasize about being forced or raped. That way, women aren’t responsible for the sex, aren't responsible for their sexual urges and desires and need not feel distressed about it. I was forced. It wasn’t my fault. At least, symbolically, I still bear the image of the virgin, female purity and innocence. So, while the explanation for most women is obvious and has nothing to do with some kind of pathology, this same very phenomenon based on feminist pathology evokes the classical "Reaction Formation". The other analogy is that of a pious religious person who has extensive thoughts of sin and will not only become more devout but more and more radical, compulsive, addictive and extreme. Additionally, it is important to remember that it's these rape fantasies which hack women's memories and both underlie many false accusations of rape as well as being the mental pathology which leads or is the psychological basis for the rape culture hysteria. Freud himself said that not all of those dynamics end in pathology but only when it becomes too extreme, compulsive and addictive.

The difference between Freud and modern CBT for example especially Schema Therapy lies in the fact that today the pervasive suffering is acknowledged namely that none of these maladaptive mechanisms help to reduce the personal suffering and must be replaced by learning and adopting new skills. Another difference is that it doesn't need to take years. However, modern psychology does acknowledge as psychoanalysis that there are various degrees of suffering, both personal as well as to others. In the bottom line feminism is a mental illness or at least some kind of a combination of a mental, emotional as well as psychological syndrome that are the cause of it. It needs treatment. And it desperately needs recognition in the DSM IV

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