Lives of the Unconscious
The division head of a company has called an important meeting. All employees are present at the agreed upon time, except for the boss. Only once an employee calls him does he remember the meeting and arrives significantly late. He apologizes cursorily and begins the meeting. In the next few minutes, in front of the assembled team, he criticizes specific employees unusually harshly for their work performance and for their failures until they feel very small and humiliated.
What is the function of the boss’ defense? And why is it called an early defense mechanism in psychoanalysis? More on this episode.
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