Liberals and progressives will benefit from acquiring deeper psychological knowledge to bring to the political fray. As a psychotherapist, I see plenty of blind spots in my fellow liberals.
I have, incidentally, sympathy and respect for conservative points of view. Actually, political designations, as I see it, are overrated when it comes to understanding or resolving personal or national issues. These designations have limited value because they don’t, in themselves, penetrate all that deeply into what is real and true. Both liberals and conservatives lack insight into human nature.
What we need is for everybody to smarten up, and an excellent way for us to achieve this involves understanding depth psychology. I address liberals in this article, yet much of what’s written here also applies to conservatives.
Many of us liberals are injustice-collectors, meaning that we’re unconsciously determined to experience matters of justice through our unresolved readiness to feel maligned or unfairly treated, either personally or through identification with others. Injustice collectors embellish, within themselves, feelings of being mistreated, oppressed, disrespected, or rendered powerless.
This weakness originates in our psyche, and it can be recognized in the weak unconscious defensiveness we muster against our inner critic or superego. Because of this inner conflict, we are more easily triggered emotionally when dealing with friends, family members, strangers, corporations, and those who oppose our political and social points of view. [Read more…]