University of Nevada students prove that Freud was right about the super-ego?

From Wikipedia’s entry on Id, ego and super-ego:

The super-ego (German: Über-Ich) reflects the internalization of cultural rules, mainly taught by parents applying their guidance and influence. Freud developed his concept of the super-ego from an earlier combination of the ego ideal and the “special psychical agency which performs the task of seeing that narcissistic satisfaction from the ego ideal is ensured…what we call our ‘conscience’.” For him “the installation of the super-ego can be described as a successful instance of identification with the parental agency,” while as development proceeds “the super-ego also takes on the influence of those who have stepped into the place of parents — educators, teachers, people chosen as ideal models”. [Fauci!]

The super-ego aims for perfection. It forms the organized part of the personality structure, mainly but not entirely unconscious, that includes the individual’s ego ideals, spiritual goals, and the psychic agency (commonly called “conscience”) that criticizes and prohibits their drives, fantasies, feelings, and actions.

“UNR students walk out to protest end of campus mask mandate” (NBC, 2/14/2022):

UNR students and some faculty walked out Monday to protest the end of the Nevada mask mandate.

About 50 students marched from the north end of campus down to the quad, calling on President Brian Sandoval to reinstate the mask requirement on campus.

The video shows that quite a few of the Science-following students have chosen to protect themselves from deadly aerosol SARS-CoV-2 by wearing cloth masks.

Only very loosely related… a photo from the Blue Angels performing at the Reno Air Races 2016:

and three World War II fighters racing…

(Flying 70-year-old planes close to the ground at 500 mph was safe, but being outdoors in the desert in the fall of 2020 was unsafe and therefore the 2020 races were canceled.)

The tastefully understated downtown….

12 thoughts on “University of Nevada students prove that Freud was right about the super-ego?

  1. Philip, maybe there’s also a nasogenital connection in the pandemic? Looking forward to you clarifying that possibility! “Freud was at the time under the influence of his friend and collaborator Wilhelm Fliess, an ear, nose, and throat specialist. Fliess, whom Freud had called “the Kepler of biology”, had developed theories today considered pseudoscientific, including the belief that sexual problems were linked to the nose by a supposed nasogenital connection. Fliess had been treating “nasal reflex neurosis” by cauterizing the inside of the nose under local anesthesia. Fliess conjectured that if temporary cauterization was useful, surgery would yield more permanent results. He began operating on the noses of patients he diagnosed with the disorder, including Eckstein and Freud.”

    • Nasoanal connection in this epidemic is quite manifest. The mainstream media and local “autoritahs” all have their noses deeply in pharmas’ (and pharma owners’) collective derriere.

  2. I have to wonder how much of this was a social thing, an excuse to be part of the tribal herd and ditch classes.

    It would be a shame if almost 2 years of fear mongering ingrained itself in these kids so they really do fear going without masks around other people. Then again: I wonder what this did for social hierarchies and those who are insecure about their appearance who may have liked hiding behind masks and wish to rationalize continuing doing so.

    It does seem though like the fear mongering taking hold in impressionable young adults is the most likely explanation given a prior petition there in this article from Jan 18th this year:
    “More than 3,900 faculty, staff, students and alums signed a petition calling for a student vaccine mandate”

  3. Not really related:

    What is the actual distance between those Blue Angel jet fighters?

    On that photo it looks like one is carrying two on his back, perhaps artifact of long focal length lenses, that distances appear compressed?

    • F/A 18 Hornet’s height is 15.5 feet. Based on an assumption of the picture’s aspect I would estimate that distance between the planes is anywhere from 30 to 7 feet

    • Viking: At their closest, the Blue Angel formation is about 18 inches apart (see ). The usual formation is probably a little looser, but not too much because the formation flying experts whom I know say that it is actually more difficult to fly a loose formation than a tight one.

    • I think that bottom plane is further from the pack. I am sure that picture from the side would be more telling. Top two look pretty much on top of each other. All three are amazing, such flying demonstrations are not available anywhere else.

  4. As someone put it quite aptly: “Freud was a fountain of nonsense”.

    However, comparing to the modern academic and practical output of his followers he was just a rivulet of nonsense.

  5. The interview the chemistry professor Dr. Kent Ervin gave to NBC regarding mask mandate comparing it to his lab that requires students to protect themselves is really appalling. It goes to show you how far those folks have gone and how much COVIDfear has been injected into them.

    There are folks out there who will never recover from COVIDfear (this is the real long-COVID) no matter what, just like folks during the cold war who built bunkers in their homes believing they will survive a nuclear blast that never came.

    If I was sill in college, I would avoid taking any class with this professor, or get close to those protesters.

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