Psychoanalytictheory, developed by Sigmund Freud, is essentially a theory of personalitydeveloped as a part of a form of psychotherapy. Despite its strictly clinicaland individual origins, this approach has been one of the most comprehensiveand encompassing in contemporary thinking, extending its influence beyondpsychology to other social sciences and various areas of culture and the arts.Not always the individual conforms to the social tradition, but can rebelagainst it. This can be due to many factors, but two are of particularimportance: the severity of the prohibitions imposed by society on theindividual, and the weakness of the ego and superego. The tendency to rebelincreases if social prohibitions are excessive, if the person does not have theability to find satisfactions within the approved social framework (egoweakness), or if the social tradition has not been sufficiently internalizeddue to a failure of identification (weakness of the superego).
In the case ofMichael Jackson, he had an extremely difficult relationship with his father,Joe; his father, recognized in 2003 that he periodically beat up MichaelJackson as a child. Even Michael Jackson confessed that he was abusedphysically and emotionally during the incessant rehearsals to which he wassubjected by his father “Joe.” His abuse had consequences. Michael hadvarious episodes in his life were he would cry from loneliness and even sometimesvomit after seeing his father.
From the abuse he received as a child from hisfather, the only scape he had from his reality was to look for comfort. Thisconsisted in inviting kids to his theme park-like house Neverland Ranch, thatwould always lower his stress and also he was finally creating and living thechildhood he never had. Confirming that the id operates in “according tothe demands of the pleasure principle in order to satisfy pleasure and reduceinner tension.” Moreover, this “innocent” act brought a lot ofproblems into Michael’s life more than once, and those times he was accused ofsexual abuse of a child he invited to his house.
The trial ended with Michaelnot being guilty and not a pedophile, but was declared a “regressed10-year-old”. Michael felt the pressure and internalized societal rules ofthe superego, it had an impact on his sexually deviant actions. Freud may arguethat Michael had a strong ego because his personal victimization allowed him tosolve problems logically as defined in the reality principle.
As a result, hecommitted in behaviors that increased inner tension relating with the abuse hehad as a child.