Summary Of The Idealized Image, By Prince Sooyang

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In the given passage of “Our Inner Conflicts” chapter6 “The Idealized Image”, it shows a person who has neurotic tendency of photoshopping his image that “the compulsive nature of the drives had been obscured and was replaced by a belief in innate qualities and gifts (Our Inner Conflicts p. 105)”. Prince Sooyang (Sooyang-Daegoon / 수양대군) who is main character of Korean fictional plot named “The Face Reader”, becomes king Sae-joe with a conspiracy and kills his nephew King Dan-jong. He has a cruel personality that he always doubts his surrounding people and eliminates who does not want to follow him. His neurotic obsession of “The Idealized Image” is best described in 3 scenes of the plot. The 1st scene that we can find Prince Sooyang’s neurotic obsession of “The Idealized Image” is “At his birthday party, he asks to face readers whether he has a destiny of become a king”. He wants to test his surrounding people whether they are willing to follow him or not. Most of people answered Prince Sooyang already looks like a king or his face looks like a king to be. These actions represent the fact that he wants to achieve recognition to his surrounding people. It can be described as “He is dependent upon endless affirmation from others in the form of approval, admiration, flattery – none of which, however, can give him any more than temporary reassurance” (Our Inner Conflicts p. 110). Even though Prince Sooyang gets the answer that he will become a king, he keeps doubting about his
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