Summary Of Dov Cohen's Sublimation Culture

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Emily Kim, Veronika Zeppenfeld, and Dov Cohen’s “Sublimation, Culture, and Creativity” article and The Personality: Classic Theories and Modern Research book by Friedman and Schustack both cover similar topics. Both the article and the book focus on various topics such as sublimation, defense mechanism, and anxiety. After reading the book it became easier to understand the studies and the key terms covered in the article and how some of the topics are correlated to one another. For example, how “defense and anxiety work in (a) symbiotic relationship.” (Kim, Zeppenfeld, & Cohen, 2013). Firstly, one definition of sublimation a defense mechanism in which one unconsciously creates a socially acceptable idea or impulse from being socially unacceptable. The overall purpose of the article was to show the effects of sublimation whereas the book defined sublimation in a thorough and in depth manner. Friedman and Schustack’s book talks about how anxiety evokes and increase in problem solving efforts as well as a triggered defense mechanism and how the ego develops these tactics in order to deal with the super ego. Sublimation as mentioned before is one of the common forms of …show more content…

In the “Sublimation, Culture, and Creativity” article, Protestants portrayal of creativity was a form of defense mechanism that served in managing their anxiety, which was essentially developed by improper thoughts and feelings. The creativity they demonstrated through art was a way of burying and diverting their improper thoughts into something that was no longer improper. The sublimation showed by Protestants evidently led to creativity in the studies and showed that Protestants could divert their anxieties towards a more productive way than Jews and

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