Psychoanalytic Analysis Of Voldemort

Psychoanalytic Analysis Of Voldemort

A brief examination of He-who-shall-not-be-named.
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As someone who studies Psychology, I have come to understand that the knowledge gathered from this rather fascinating field may be used to analyze various aspects of popular and classical literature. Being an avid reader with a fervent passion for the Arts, this has fueled my habit of critically inspecting diverse literary works with the aid of psychological theories. I usually am interested in analyzing the characters present in a novel and Lord Voldemort, from the Harry Potter series, is one who never seizes to amaze me.

The Harry Potter series happens to be one of my favorite works of creative writing and J.K Rowling’s character, Voldemort, is one I always examine with the aid of Freud’s psychosexual theory of development. This theory attempts to highlights the various stages a child progress through in order to become an adult and Freud often suggests that the failure to successfully complete a stage may result in serious consequences later in life.

To understand this character through this perspective it is of utter most importance to look back at the characteristics of his childhood. Tom Riddle, the young and not yet deviant Voldemort, was an orphan who was gifted with extraordinary magical abilities; thus qualifying him to be part of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. He spent his early years in an orphanage, where his days were miserably spent and where he lacked in parental love, or any other type of love in general. Due to the presence of such environmental circumstances the Dark Lord’s development was interrupted, preventing his unconscious from gaining all of the dimensionality which it was meant to display.

Freud would probably claim that Voldemort’s life in isolation prevented him from overcoming the Oedipus complex, an important stage of one’s psychosexual development. The Oedipus complex is a conflict in one of the early stages of development where one develops a sexually driven attachment to one’s mother and hatred towards one’s father. As an orphan Tom Riddle was incapable of creating any sort of attachment to his parents and was then unable to overcome the Oedipus conflict. Therefore resulting in the inhibition of the development of his ego and superego. According to Freud individuals’ subconscious are composed of the id, ego and superego and these forces dominate one’s actions. The id represents uncontrollable drives and desires, the superego is the self-critical conscience and the ego mediates the tension between the id and superego.

As Voldemort’s ego and superego were never properly developed during his childhood he does not hold the same types of moral standards that others deem to be appropriate. Instead he is far more concerned with satiating the desires of his id.

It is quite interesting to see that this theory is not the only one which may be suitable to investigate Voldemort’s personality traits. I believe that Karen Horney’s neurosis theory, which is also based on psychoanalytic beliefs, brilliantly portrays him through her definitions of neurotic needs. From the list which she created we may see that he relates to the neurotic needs for prestige, personal achievement and perfection. His behaviors mirror this perfectly as he is always attempting to convince everyone that he is the most powerful wizard in existence and he uses aggressive means to get his point across. Horney would qualify this as the coping techniques which he has chosen to use to satisfy his excessive needs.

It is marvelous to see how these theories connect with this persona that Rowling has created and it is easy for us to see that her genius is well reflected in her work. One could only wish to able to create characters who are just as incredibly rich as hers.

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Turning your barn into a livable shed for your guests

Turning your barn into a livable shed for your guests
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If you ever wanted to turn your backyard barn into a livable area for your guests, then continue reading. 

There are several reasons why you may want to do this. Maybe your home is too small to accommodate guests, or you have visitors coming over who need privacy (sometimes, too much closeness can be overwhelming). 

It could also be for your kids to have some time camping out of the house. After all, every parent needs some breathing space from the kids once in a while. You could also use it as a place for working on projects away from the distractions of the home. 

Whatever your reasons, here are 8 tips courtesy of shed building experts at Wide Span Sheds for converting your barn into a livable shed.

  1. Seal up holes and cracks – 

It wouldn’t do for you or your guests to receive unwanted visitors such as roaches, squirrels and snakes while living in the shed. Your first port of call therefore should be to seal up all the cracks and holes you can find. 

Sealing up cracks and holes also help prevent heat from going out and moisture from coming in. This is a small task that you can probably finish up in one day. If your shed is worn out or have rickety walls, you may need to have the walls replaced or shored up. You have to make the place as comfortable as you can for whoever will stay there.

  1. Allow more natural light – 

Depending on the size of the existing windows, you may need to install an alternative source for natural light. A good idea is to install a skylight in roof of the shed. This usually involves cutting out a part of the roof and fixing either a fixed glass or Perspex. You can also put up a movable window which can be opened to allow in fresh air. A skylight brightens up the shed and makes it more livable and comfortable.  

If you are working on your shed during the rains, ensure that you fix the skylight properly to prevent water from dripping inside.

  1. Install electricity – 

Electricity is a basic necessity and you may need to install it in your shed to make it more comfortable. Even if you’re expecting outdoorsy visitors who enjoy the outdoors and natural light; at the very least, it can be used to charge phones, laptops and other devices. You or your visitors can also use it to power a small camp television set or stereo for entertainment. 

You actually need overhead lights for reading and writing, as well as outdoor lights for evening activities. Electric lights in and around the shed is also an important security measure. Lighting your isolated shed prevents intruders and strangers from lurking around.

  1. Add windows – 

Sheds are usually built to serve as storage, so they may not come with windows. If your shed does not have a window, then you absolutely need to install some, at the very least, two. Without windows, the shed will be musky and unpleasant. Two windows positioned across from each other will allow for proper ventilation and good natural light. For most people, this is a simple enough task, but others may need to get an expert to handle this or every part of the project. 

  1. Give life to your shed with a new coat of paint – 

Colours give life to anything, and your shed is no different. Regardless of how good your shed currently looks, a new coat of paint inside and outside would do a world of good. Since most sheds are tiny, this aspect will take only a small amount of time to complete. 

You can choose a colour scheme that complements the main house, or you can go with a unique scheme if the shed is some distance from your home. Your colour choice however should be warm and welcoming. 

  1. Put in some basic furniture – 

Unless you plan on spending your whole time in the shed on the floor, you need to put in some basic furniture. The type of furniture will be determined by the size of the shed and the purpose it is being refitted for. However, items like a chair or two, a table, a lamp stand, a couch or a bed are basic requirements. Some of these items can be gotten cheap from second hand goods store, or you can raid your basement for furniture you no longer use. Alternatively, you can build some of these items by hand, if you are comfortable getting your hands dirty and know a thing or two about building furniture.

  1. Put in plumbing – 

Plumbing may be necessary if you intend to have a toilet or bath area in or around the shed. For sheds that are close to the main house, this may not be necessary. However, if you decide you need plumbing, setting up one will not be too difficult. You can simply install a rudimentary shower system. For the toilet, a simple portable toilet can serve, or you can go with a pre-fab toilet, like those used in motor homes and campers. Once you have your pipes in place, you can easily tap water from the main house source. 

  1. Personalize your shed and make it welcoming – 

Finally, after putting everything in place, you need to make the shed welcoming. Maybe add a few personal touches like your favorite foot rug, a couple of picture frames, a potted plant or even some basic amenities like a small TV set. Another way you can make your livable shed welcoming is to ensure that it is free from insects, bugs and mosquitoes. Nothing frustrates a sound sleep as much as insect infestation. It will be a good idea if you can fumigate inside and around the shed before your guests arrive. 

Conclusion

There you have it, eight simple steps you can take to convert your barn into a livable shed. Not only is this a very easy project, it is also quite low cost. Once you are done transforming your shed, you will have the perfect place to keep visitors, and a ready getaway for a bit of quiet time.

 

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The Talent Trap Means You Could Be Holding Yourself Back

Life is all about failing, getting back up, and falling again.
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We all know her. She's the girl who sings to herself but isn't willing to go onstage. Or the guy who is a fantastic painter but he never shows his artwork to anyone. There are thousands of people out there just like this, of above average talent but still somehow singing in a practice room or painting alone in their garage.

I call this The Talent Trap.

These are the people who are better than the rest of us but lacking in the confidence or motivation to take their passion to the next level. Many of them are perfectionists who aren't capable of showing their work to others because it's never good enough in their minds.

A certain level of criticism is needed to make anything worthwhile, but it's a shame when these incredible few won't share their artistry with the world because of a flat note or a wrong brushstroke. There is always room for improvement, but at some point, you have to be willing to accept that your work won't always match up to your standards.

Life is all about failing, getting back up, and falling again. You have to embrace the fall in order to go higher. And to deny the world your unique gift is to lose the gift itself, to lose it to the hollow feeling in your chest when you look around and realize you aren't who you're meant to be.

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