Psychoanalytictheory, developed by Sigmund Freud, is essentially a theory of personalitydeveloped as a part of a form of psychotherapy. Despite its strictly clinicaland individual origins, this approach has been one of the most comprehensiveand encompassing in contemporary thinking, extending its influence beyondpsychology to other social sciences and various areas of culture and the arts.Not always the individual conforms to the social tradition, but can rebelagainst it. This can be due to many factors, but two are of particularimportance: the severity of the prohibitions imposed by society on theindividual, and the weakness of the ego and superego. The tendency to rebelincreases if social prohibitions are excessive, if the person does not have theability to find satisfactions within the approved social framework (egoweakness), or if the social tradition has not been sufficiently internalizeddue to a failure of identification (weakness of the superego). In the case ofMichael Jackson, he had an extremely difficult relationship with his father,Joe; his father, recognized in 2003 that he periodically beat up MichaelJackson as a child. Even Michael Jackson confessed that he was abusedphysically and emotionally during the incessant rehearsals to which he wassubjected by his father “Joe.” His abuse had consequences.
Michael hadvarious episodes in his life were he would cry from loneliness and even sometimesvomit after seeing his father. From the abuse he received as a child from hisfather, the only scape he had from his reality was to look for comfort. When Michaelgot older, maybe to stop his loneliness and to try to create and finally livethe childhood he never had, he would regularly invite children over to his hosetheme park-like Neverland Ranch to lower his stress. Confirming that the idoperates in “according to the demands of the pleasure principle in orderto satisfy pleasure and reduce inner tension.” Moreover, this”innocent” act brought a lot of problems into Michael’s life more than once, andthose times he was accused of sexual abuse of a child he invited to his house.
The trial ended with Michael not being guilty and not a pedophile, but wasdeclared a “regressed 10-year-old”. Michael felt the pressure andinternalized societal rules of the superego, it had an impact on his sexuallydeviant actions. Freud may argue that Michael had a strong ego because hispersonal victimization allowed him to solve problems logically as defined inthe reality principle. As a result, he committed in behaviors that increasedinner tension relating with the abuse he had as a child.