The Third Party Syndrome in the Philippine Cinema: Psychoanalysis’ Perspective

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The Third Party Syndrome in the Philippine Cinema: Psychoanalysis’ Perspective

“Kaya kabit ang tawag sa kanila kasi daig pa nila ang epoxy kung kumabit. Kaya querida kasi mga kiri. Kaya mistress kasi nakaka-stress.” -Jaclyn Jose, A Secret Affair (2012)

No Other Woman. The Mistess. A Secret Affair. These films are just a few of the recent offerings of ABS-CBN Star Cinema, one of the leading production houses in the country. Aside from all being acclaimed films, these three all revolve around the concept of an illicit affair or, as Yahoo! News writer Maridol Rañoa-Bismark comically dubbed, third party syndrome. No Other Woman, a film produced in 2011, is one of the highest grossing films of all time, earning a total of P67.1 million
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Initially, Freud used the occurrence of dreams, slip of the tongue, forgetfulness, and other mistakes and errors in everyday life as basis for psychoanalyzing his patients. The effort to clarify the bewildering number of interrelated observations uncovered by psychoanalytic exploration led to the development of a model of the structure of the psychic system. Three functional systems are distinguished that are conveniently designated as the id, ego, and superego.
The first system refers to the sexual and aggressive tendencies that arise from the body, as distinguished from the mind. Freud called these tendencies Triebe, which literally means “drives,” but which is often inaccurately translated as “instincts” to indicate their innate character. These inherent drives claim immediate satisfaction, which is experienced as pleasurable; the id thus is dominated by the pleasure principle. In his later writings, Freud tended more toward psychological rather than biological conceptualization of the drives.
How the conditions for satisfaction are to be brought about is the task of the second system, the ego, which is the domain of such functions as perception, thinking, and motor control that can accurately assess environmental conditions. In order to fulfill its function of adaptation, or reality

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