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Social Recognition of the Human IndividualFrom the time of puberty onward the human individual must devote himself to the great task of freeing himself from his parents-Sigmund Freud General Intro to PsychoanalysisAs a child develops from infancy to adulthood it soaks up its environment and processes it like a biological computer As it matures so does the way it copes with the challenges life presents to him If the child has the opportunity to be well educated than he may learn from his history studies and begin to recognize the different patterns of thought that society has gone through Perhaps he will learn from these patterns and make an effort to use his knowledge to prevent making many of the same mistakes in his daily life that men have made before If he studies medieval Europe he may become skeptical of his own faith Resulting in his search for a new religion that he can believe in rather than continue to blindly participate as a member of the faith his parents had chosen for him If he were to study Imperialism in Europe than perhaps he would join an athletic team He would form strong bonds with those within the team but hopefully he could learn from Europes mistaken extreme nationalism and sees that the best thing he can do for his team is remain an individual not conform to some unwritten code He would see that it is best to create ones own identity within a group Perhaps he has read Erich Fromm and sees that he must recognize himself as a separate entity apart from the world around himself He individuates The development of this boy into an individual is exactly what Sigmund Freud would describe as a healthy development toward the formation a personal identity It is the interactions that take place between a developing individual the boy and the society in which that individual lives in which we find the essence
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