Topdog vs. Underdog

The top dog is the part of a person that requires that person adheres to societies standards, similarly to introjects this required adherence is often distinguished by “shoulds”, “oughts”, “musts” etc.

The underdog is the part of the person that makes excuses about why those requirements shouldn’t be met. These excuses are self-sabotaging and often ensure that the societal requirements are never met.

Close examination of these two aspects can lead to deep insights which in turn lead to a better relationship with the environment around oneself.

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2 Responses to Topdog vs. Underdog

  1. Appreciated the share!
    Hellen

  2. JENNY says:

    SOMETIMES THIS IS REVERSED: UNDER DOG IS THE SELF THAT NEEDS TO EXPRESS ITSELF, TOP DOG IS THE RESISTANT SELF WHO STOP SELF-ACTUALISING. SO, SELF-SABOTAGE IS THE TOP DOG AND THE UNDER DOG THE ACTUALIZER. IN OTHER WORDS, THE CONSCIOUS SELF CAN BE THE RESISTANT SELF AND THE PRE-CONSCIOUS/UNCONSCIOUS SELF THE FRUSTRATED ACTUALIZER – FROM A PSYCHODYNAMIC PERSPECTIVE. ALL LINKED TO PARENTAL MESSAGES, OF COURSE.

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