Academic journal article Journal of Prenatal & Perinatal Psychology & Health

On Tyrants as Abortion Survivors

Academic journal article Journal of Prenatal & Perinatal Psychology & Health

On Tyrants as Abortion Survivors

Article excerpt

ABSTRACT: In this paper, an extension of an earlier paper (Sonne, 2002b), the author advances the thesis that murderous sibling rivalry, one of the psychological and social consequences of the threat of being aborted, is a major dynamic operative in "ethnic cleansing," eugenic movements, racial, religious and international conflict, mass murders, serial killings, and sometimes even in marital and parenting behavior. Destructive acting out in a variety of social contexts is a universal phenomenon that has been operative throughout the history of the human race for centuries, and it is still prominent today. To explain these behaviors as derivative from abuse, conflicts of desire, or self-object distortions occurring during oedipal or pre-oedipal stages of development leaves much to be desired, whereas explaining them as abortion survivor symptoms derivative from trauma occurring during prenatal life is much more illuminating, and is applicable to a wider range of social interactions. In particular, considering tyrannical murderous sibling rivalry as a dynamic in such well known public figures as Adolph Hitler, Francisco Franco, Joseph Stalin, Benito Mussolini, Slobodan Milosevic, Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden can be of great help in understanding the origin and motivation of their destructive behaviors. The theme of tyrannical siblings is, "No one can have what I didn't get, what is rightfully mine that has been taken away from me. I will psychologically or physically destroy these persons, and also anyone who gives or gave to them or supports them. Revenge is what I want more than anything else, and this is more important to me than being loved or cared for. I hate others, but I also loathe myself so much that if I die in seeking this, I will only have gratified my own wish for suicide."

KEY WORDS: Tyrants, abortion survivors, prenatal psychic trauma, threat of being aborted, sibling rivalry, revenge, murder, suicide, love, religion

INTRODUCTION

In recent years, the public, the media, elected officials and candidates for office, have been expressing increasing concern about violence, and tyrannical behavior. School yard massacres, serial killings, the abduction and killing of children, killing by and of children, childhood suicide, the Israel-Palestine conflict, and most recently the 9/11/01 bombings of the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, are now on almost everyone's mind and are affecting the conduct of everyday life. Although it does appear that tyrannical behavior has been increasing recently in a variety of contexts, it is worth noting that it is not an entirely new phenomenon. Children considered a burden, or undesirable for various reasons, including being of the "wrong" gender, have been killed in various cultures over the course of history. As for notable tyrants, in addition to such wellknown relatively current public figures such as Adolph Hitler, Joseph Stalin, Benito Mussolini, Francisco Franco, Slobodan Milosevic, Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden, there have been numerous others in the past. Charles II, in honor of God, expelled all the Jews from England, Ferdinand, Isabella and Torquimada expelled all the Jews from Spain in 1492, and terrorist Guy Fawkes, whose attempt to destroy King James and the entire English parliament on the fifth of November, 1605, was stopped at the last minute. One could also include Shoko Asahara, the Japanese cult leader, and his disciple, Aum Shinrikyo, who in the name of religion was out to destroy the world to bring about a spiritual renewal, and released gas into a Japanese subway in 1995, killing 12 and injuring 5,000 (Lifton, 1999). Klebold and Harris, the Columbine school killers could also be added to the list (see Sonne, 1999, 2000). Hitler was their role model, and they deliberately chose to commit their massacre on his birthday. Descriptions of their tyrannical behavior and suicide can almost be transposed as a template for tyrannical murderous sibling rivalry in operation in larger contexts. …

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