Michael Jackson Psychoanalysis

753 Words Dec 15th, 2014 4 Pages
Michael Jackson was known around the world as the “King of Pop.” He was raised as a Jehovah’s Witness, which molded him into a shy and quiet person. Something he was opposite of on stage. It is well documented that his father became violent with him and his brothers in order to push them to become successful. Thus, missing out on his childhood. During his early life, Michael had an accident that resulted in burns on his head and face. After this incident he had plastic surgery, changing the shape of his nose. Although he was born an African American, it became apparent that he started to appear lighter and lighter, bleaching his skin and ultimately appearing white. He created his own amusement park called Neverland, where there were exotic …show more content…
In turn, his behaviors came off as odd and resulted in others thinking that he was molesting kids.
The ego operates according to the reality principle. This part of the mind deals with facing reality or facing the real world and solving real problems. The ego controls the Id so that a “normal” way of acting according to society standards is present. Freud would say that Michael’s ego was underdeveloped and weak. This could explain why he couldn’t understand why he came off as odd to the public. If Michael’s ego was developed he would know that having sleepovers with boys would be considered wrong in society’s norm.
The lack of ability of creating friendships when he was a child could explain why he always surrounded himself with children, and preferred to be in the presence of children than adults. He always stated that children were pure in the heart and less manipulative than adults. The Id of Michael struggled with the ego. The ego was never able to keep under control his desires and pleasures, allowing his Id to take over. His creation of the amusement park shows how the Id overpowered his ego. The amusement park wasn’t only for children to enjoy, but for him to enjoy and relive his childhood. Freud would analyze this gratification as becoming a core aspect of Michael’s personality.
From a psychoanalytic standpoint, Freud would argue that