About Adoptee Rage
Statistics Identify large populations of Adoptees in prisons, mental hospitals and committed suicide.
Fifty years of scientific studies on child adoption resulting in psychological harm to the child and
poor outcomes for a child's future.
Medical and psychological attempts to heal the broken bonds of adoption, promote reunions of biological parents and adult children. The other half of attempting to repair a severed Identity is counselling therapy to rebuild the self.
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Psychological Repression Adopted Child
Psychological repression, in adopted children, is the psychological attempt made by the adopted child to suppress, deny and direct one's own spontaneous self behaviors that are deemed unacceptable by adoptive parents, toward acceptable behaviors by excluding their natural impulses from the adopted child's consciousness and holding or subduing the spontaneous-self behaviors in the unconscious.
Repression plays a major role in many mental illness and in the psyche of the adopted person.
Repression 'a key concept of psychoanalysis, is a defense mechanism, but it pre-exists the ego, e.g., 'Primal Repression'. It ensures that what is unacceptable to the conscious mind, which would arouse anxiety if recalled, is prevented from entering into it'; and is generally accepted as such by psychoanalytic psychologists.
Freud considered that there was 'reason to assume that there is a primal repression, a first phase of repression, which consists in the psychical (ideational) representative of the instinct being denied entrance into the conscious', as well as a 'second stage of repression, repression proper, which affects mental derivatives of the repressed representative: distinguished what he called a first stage of 'primal repression' from 'the case of repression proper ("after-pressure").
In the primary repression phase, 'it is highly probable that the immediate precipitating causes of primal repressions are quantitative factors such as...the earliest outbreaks of anxiety, which are of a very intense kind'. The child realizes that acting on some desires may bring anxiety or punishment. This anxiety leads to repression of the desire.
When its internalized, the threat of punishment related to this form of anxiety becomes the superego, which intercedes against the desires of the id (which works on the basis of the pleasure principal). Freud speculated that 'it is perhaps the emergence of the super-ego which provides the line of demarcation between primal repression and after-pressure.
Adopted Family Therapy has explored how familial taboos lead to 'this screening-off that Freud called "repression"', emphasising the way that 'keeping part of ourselves out of our awareness is a very active process...a deliberate hiding of some feeling from our adoptive family'.
Abnormal repression, as defined by Freud, or neurotic behavior occurs when repression develops under the influence of the superego and the internalized feelings of anxiety, in ways leading to behavior that is illogical, self-destructive, or anti-social. Yet in adopted children, spontaneous-self truths are seen by the adoptive parents as "bad", acting-out and ungrateful adopted child.
Pro-adoption therapist is biased toward the mental health of the adoptive parents and will attempt to program the adopted child to accept their adoptive circumstances.
A non-biased psychotherapist may try to ameliorate this behavior by revealing and re-introducing the repressed aspects of the patient's mental process to their conscious awareness - 'assuming the role of mediator and peacemaker...to lift the repression'. In favourable circumstances, 'Repression is replaced by a condemning judgement carried out along the best lines', thereby reducing anxiety over the impulses involved.