"The First Rule About Fight Club Is: You Don't Talk About Fight Club"

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At first glance, Fight Club seems to be a rather screwy movie about a man with Schizophrenia or some type of Multiple Personality Disorder. But looking at the movie with an open mind and a bit more in depth, it is likely that one might notice that the main characters in the film resemble Sigmund Freud's structure of personality. The Id and the Superego are plainly noted in the actions, thoughts, and words of the two main characters: Tyler Durden, played by Brad Pitt, and "the narrator" ( or Jack) played by Edward Norton. Many examples can be noted in reference to the different aspects of the personality along with references to different defense techniques from anxiety throughout the film.When taking a closer look, Jack can easily be noted as the superego side of the personality. Freud saw the superego as the side of the personality that inflicted guilt onto a person, the conscience, the "perfection principle." The superego is like Jiminy Cricket in the classic Disney film Pinocchio. It is like the little angel that appears on a cartoon's shoulder when they are trying to make a critical decision. The superego does not take risks, it does not seek fun, exciting, and adventurous times, and it does not look at pain as any type of a gain. Itcounteracts the Id with a primitive and unconscious sense of morality . The Superego, Freud stated, is the moral agent that links both our conscious and unconscious minds. The Superego stands in opposition to the desires of the Id. The Superego is itself part of the unconscious mind. As the conscience, it is a primitive or child based knowledge of right and wrong. Jack is just that. He lives a simple life ordering furniture from catalogs. Knowing that if he can have his apartment look as if it is right out of a magazine it is a safe bet. He works for a major car company and investigates crashes to mathematically determine whether or not there should be a recall on the vehicle. He does his job well and he lives his life well. Each day is predictable and monotonous, never varying from the next. It gets to the point of complete mundane and Jack muses up an alter-ego, an imaginary friend of sorts.But as Tyler says, "the things you own, end up owning you. It's only after you've lost everything that you're free to do anything." Tyler Durden is introduced to the audience on a plane when Jack is on his way back from one of his many business trips. Tyler makes soap for a living (along with a few other odds-n-ends jobs like waiting tables), he lives in a run-down house in the middle of a run-down neighborhood (if it can even be called that), he is extraordinarily good looking, and a sweet-talker. Tyler is everything Jack wishes, dreams, and hopes he could be. Sigmund Freud described the Id as having a psychic energy and the part of the personality that seeks pleasure. It is organized around primitive instinctual urges of sexuality, aggression, and the desire for instant gratification or release . There is no doubt that...

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