Freud and American Football Analytical Essay by Nicky

Freud and American Football
Looks at Freud's theory of sublimation as applied to American football.
# 144998 | 2,270 words | 10 sources | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on Oct 22, 2010 in Psychology (Freud) , Psychology (Theory) , Sport (General)

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This paper explains that Freud's concept of sublimation is a genuine and enduring explanation for how and why modern people seek and become enamored with certain pastimes, such as American football. Next, the author relates the belief of other psychologists, like Freud, that this game is immensely popular because it permits a legitimate, ritualistic expression of the base desire of all men to suppress others, sexually and physically. The paper concludes that American football permits men, who are expected to withhold rage even when warranted and to display only acceptable expressions of sexuality, to have a violent alternative, which is considered to be an acceptable sport.

From the Paper:

"The development of American Football came at a time when the world was significantly troubled by the industrial revolution, and individual men (and women) were becoming objects of yet another form of social and physical repression, i.e. those of the machine, the paycheck and the foreman. With these repressive institutions, came the need to sublimate yet more natural instincts, some sexual, some very much practical. We think of this time as a time when the world was modernized, and yet it was also a time when people were significantly subjected for the sake of progress and profit. "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Archetti, Eduardo P. Masculinities : Football, Polo, and the Tango in Argentina /. New York: Berg, 1999. Questia. 3 Dec. 2008 <>.
  • Blau, Herbert. "1 Rehearsing the Impossible." Psychoanalysis and Performance. Ed. Patrick Campbell and Adrian Kear. London: Routledge, 2001. 21-33. Questia. 3 Dec. 2008 <>.
  • Bocock, Robert. Sigmund Freud. New York: Routledge, 2002. Questia. 3 Dec. 2008 <>.
  • Bryant, Clifton D. "The Zoological Connection: Animal- Related Human Behavior." Social Forces 58.2 (1979): 399-421. Questia. 3 Dec. 2008 <>.
  • Carveth, Donald L. "2 Psychoanalytic Conceptions of the Passions." Freud and the Passions. Ed. John O'Neill. University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press, 1996. 25-46. Questia. 3 Dec. 2008 <>.

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