Saturday, May 24, 2008

Za return of Sigmund Spot

Greetings, liebschen! Sigmund Spot hasn't had za chance to address za liebschen for a long time! He has missed der kinder, ya.

Vat brings Sigmund Spot back you ask? Sigmund Spot vants to talk about za psychological phenomenon compensation.

In what settings does za compensation come into play? Grasshopper?

Doesn't it occur in individuals when zey (now I'm starting to sound like you, Sigmund Spot):

In psychology, compensation is a strategy whereby one covers up, consciously or unconsciously, weaknesses, frustrations, desires, feelings of inadequacy or incompetence in one life area through the gratification or (drive towards) excellence in another area. Compensation can cover up either real or imagined deficiencies and personal or physical inferiority. The compensation strategy, however does not truly address the source of this inferiority. Positive compensations may help one to overcome one’s difficulties. On the other hand, negative compensations do not, which results in a reinforced feeling of inferiority. There are two kinds of negative compensation:

Overcompensation, characterized by a superiority goal, leads to striving for power, dominance, self-esteem and self-devaluation.

Undercompensation, which includes a demand for help, leads to a lack of courage and a fear for life.

Gut. Ya, zat's right! You must watch out for zeez compensators, grasshopper, because zey have zompting zey are afraid of, and zey may have zompting to prove.

Wow, like what, Sigmund Spot?

Well, let's zee, can Sigmund Spot zink of an example? Hmmm. Ja! I've got vun. It a classic overcompensation! Do you know za Mitchell Berg? He zounds like vun of Sigmund Spot's countrymen. Mitchell put up a post yesterday zat vas ostensibly about zanking za veterans, but vas really about caressing guns, to make up for za certain perhaps, ah, physical deficiencies. Let's look at zome examples:

I’ve shot a few [M1] Garands - indeed, I’ve come || <---this close to buying Garands a couple of times. They’re sweet, accurate rifles; the only problems are the peep sights, which I can’t stand, and the top-loading, eight-shot, “all-or-nothing” block clip magazine.

Za words sweet, peep sights, top-loading and all-or-nothing are za tip offs.

But Mitchell has za more rapturous words for a handgun:

And since it’s Memorial Day, I’d be remiss if I didn’t highlight some more gear; the M1911A1 pistol which was designed almost 100 years ago during America’s last insurgency against a seemingly-intractable Moslem insurgency, in the Philippines. Designed to knock a charging, drug-crazed attacker down with no questions asked using a big, bulbous .45 round that was designed for relatively minimal efficiency (so as to leave its kinetic energy in the first thing it hit), it’s mechanically simple but metaphorically rich; “everyone speaks Colt”, it’s said, since the sound of that big metal slide racking a round is reportedly usually enough to scare burglars into the next zip code. It’s on my agenda for one of these next tax refunds - along with a nice jacket.

Ya, zat Mitchell! He's got za metaphor angle right!

Sigmund Spot, isn't the insurgency that Mitchell is talking about the one that occurred after the US liberated the Philippines from the Spanish but then decided to keep it?

Ya, zat's right. And zoze ungrateful little buggers were mad about it!

What do you suppose Mitchell is compensating for?

Vell, maybe it has to do with za schlo - -, never mind grasshopper. Ve don't know.

Portrait of Sigmund Spot by Tild.

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