I'm interested in the idea that environment, particularly culture and the economy, have an influence on development through the creation of an unconscious social character with corresponding expectations and norms. Its pretty much derivative of Eric Fromm's ideas The Fear of Freedom and Man For Himself.
What does interest me though is the possibility that the consumerism which underpins most developed mass production and mass consumption economies would appear to correspond to Fromm and Freud's theories of oral passive presonality types. Does anyone think there is a connection or is it too much of a tenuous link? What would the social and individual consequence be of oral-passivity being patterned on entire societies? Could it influence sexism, racism, status and class stratification, the esteeming of particular sexual orientation?
Eric Fromm's Receptive Orientation:
Erich Fromm1. The receptive orientation. These are people who expect to get what they need. if they don't get it immediately, they wait for it. They believe that all goods and satisfactions come from outside themselves. This type is most common among peasant populations. It is also found in cultures that have particularly abundant natural resources, so that one need not work hard for one's sustenance (although nature may also suddenly withdraw its bounty!). it is also found at the very bottom of any society: Slaves, serfs, welfare families, migrant workers... all are at the mercy of others.
This orientation is associated with symbiotic families, especially where children are "swallowed" by parents, and with the masochistic (passive) form of authoritarianism. It is similar to Freud's oral passive, Adler's leaning-getting, and Horney's compliant personality. In its extreme form, it can be characterized by adjectives such as submissive and wishful. In a more moderate form, adjectives such as accepting and optimistic are more descriptive.
Freud's Oral Stage of Develop:-
Oral stage - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Dependent Personality Disorder:-
Dependent personality disorder - Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaDependent personality disorder (DPD), formerly known as asthenic personality disorder, is a personality disorder that is characterized by a pervasive psychological dependence on other people.
The difference between a 'dependent personality' and a 'dependent personality disorder' is somewhat subjective, which makes diagnosis sensitive to cultural influences such as gender role expectations.