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.” The abuse took a toll. Michael oftencried from loneliness and even vomited upon seeing his father.
Being abused asa child by his father, when Michael got older, he used to comfort himself,perhaps to ease his loneliness and to try and create the childhood he neverhad, he often invited children over to his fairytale and theme park-likeNeverland Ranch to reduce his inner tension. Confirming that the id operates in”according to the demands of the pleasure principle in order to satisfypleasure and reduce inner tension.” Moreover, this “innocent”act got Michael in trouble two times, when both times he was accused of sexualabuse of a child. The trial ended with Michael not being guilty, but was declareda “regressed 10-year-old” and not a pedophile.
Michael felt thepressure and internalized societal rules of the superego, it had an impact onhis sexually deviant actions. Freud may argue that Michael had a strong egobecause his personal victimization allowed him to solve problems logically asdefined in the reality principle. As a result, he committed in behaviors thatincreased inner tension relating with the abuse he had as a child.