The Irish Psyche
‘The Irish is one race of people for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever’
SIGMUND FREUD (1856-1939)
the founding father of psychoanalysis
Would you tell your neighbor you were in therapy? Maybe, depends on the questions the neighbor was asking, depends if your admission made you more vulnerable, depends if the neighbor had told their story of therapy first. Being first is something that we have had to work on in our psyche it does not come naturally. You don’t have to be the best at everything has got confused with don’t let that one have one up on you so hence our Psyche has taken a bit of confusion over the years. Don’t forget your manners when you go in there got jumbled up with make sure you stand up for yourself. Its no wonder people get confused with our shyness until you meet us in the pub on Saturday night and it can be hard to keep us quiet or prevent us from breaking into a good auld song.
‘When anyone asks me about the Irish character, I say look at the trees. Maimed, stark and misshapen, but ferociously tenacious.”
EDNA O’BRIEN, author of The Country Girls, was born in 1930 at Tuamgraney, County Clare.
So being first is a process that we are continually having to revisit. When I suggest that the I is important it is often met with a confusing look or mummers of oh I know but……………….. We admire those assertive people that can go into a shop and ask for what they want or that one that goes out done up to the nines. We envy that one with the big job and often wonder why we didn’t get the big job. Why is so hard for us to become interested in the “I”. So often we meet ourselves with phrases like oh I cant do that, or that isn’t for me????? I need, I would like, it is important to me are so much harder to roll of the tongue. We procrastinate about seeing the doctor or dentist until the pain gets very bad putting ourselves in second place.
“‘The heart of an Irishman is nothing but his imagination.’
Playwright GEORGE BERNARD SHAW (1856-1950) “
SHAW was born in Dublin. He moved to London when he was 20 and later said: ‘Put an Irishman on the spit and you can always get another Irishman to turn him.’ He helped found the London School of Economics.
I wonder how we might look if we retrained our psyche. Helped it to learn important ideas such as I matter because I am me, I am really going to go for it today. When I get that pain in my arm I am going straight to the doctor. I am super important and I care about me……………….. would we laugh at ourselves with these phrases or would we smile and have a spring in our step because deep down we know its true.
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