Excerpt About Rejection
Reasons to Defend Against the SuperegoThus one of the ways that an attitude of rejection develops is through identification with the rejecting attitude of the environment in early childhood. This is why early in our work we learn how to defend against the superego. At the beginning, and for a long time, we need to defend against the superego so that we are able to experience ourselves more objectively. We need to defend from superego attacks and judgments not only because the attacks are painful but more importantly to be able to look at what is there.