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psych. terminology, etc. [Nov. 8th, 2009|10:24 am]
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RS major at Humboldt State, here!
Does anyone know if there's a term in psychoanalysis that describes the tendency to focus one's attention on one narrow aspect of being, ignoring all other potentialities (or the multiplicity of the psyche)? An example that might describe what I'm getting at is, in the myth of Orpheus, when Orpheus abandons all other gods to worship Apollo after being painfully separated from Eurydice forever. Another related example that I'm particularly interested in is when someone who's experiencing depression (or similar emotions) becomes suddenly pessimistic, or caught up in a particular way of thinking that doesn't give any consideration to the validity of alternate views. Any input you could provide on this phenomenon would be greatly appreciated, especially if you could narrow these ideas into concrete terms or tell me where I could find more information on these concepts.
**(Bonus points for framing these concepts within a Freudian, Jungian or Archetypal perspective -- I'm trying to come up with a topic for my psychology of religion term paper; I hope I can take it in this direction and make it work...)
Thank you!

[User Picture]From: borbor_chan
2009-11-09 09:16 pm (UTC)
In abnormal psychology it's called "splitting," resulting in the creation of a Manichaean worldview.
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