Sigmund Freud definitely played a large part in contributing to how we interpret each other today with his different ideas and theories. Specifically, I believe one of his most interesting theories is his theory of personality, which includes defense mechanisms. Furthermore, I've also seen a real example of the defense mechanism, that being rationalization in a recent newspaper article about Erikson, a criminal who was accused of murder back in 2001 along with a man named Ferguson after a physical description, and later lineup identification by Trump, a janitor. This year, Erikson claimed that at the time of the murder he was extremely intoxicated in a downtown club and blacked out from the use of four different substances. He does not remember any events or evidence that he committed the murder, nor does he remember what happened after being at the club. In 2009, Erikson admitted that he committed the murder alone. Erikson's explanation for why his story changed from 2009 to 2012 is because in 2009 Trump had not yet recanted his story and information about Erickson committing the murder, and therefore Erikson was convinced he did it. Erikson used rationalization when he falsely confessed to the murder. Erikson logically rationalized that he must have committed the murder since he had no recollection of the events and very well could have committed the murder in the time that he had no recollection of. Also, the fact that someone described and later identified him probably just solidified his rationalization that he did commit the murder.
Rationalizing a murder??
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