At the same time, narcissism which is typical for the normal human psyche development led by the process of sublimation may lead the society to both positive and negative consequences resulting in the increase of creative sublimation activity and yet causing a kind of ‘malfunction’ in human interaction inside social environment.
Sublimation is one of the key points in the theory of personality developed by Sigmund Freud, one of the most prominent psychologists of the 20th century and the father of psychoanalysis. Or, to be more precise, sublimation is one of the key defense mechanisms of the human psyche saving it from the destructive instincts exertion and helping a human being to ‘blend in’ with the society conforming to its rules and limitations of moral behavior. Being the most constructive and favorable way of redirecting destructive love and hate instincts, sublimation is considered by Freud to be the ‘source’ of the civilization development along with art, science and many other fields.
As a component of the complex theory incorporating views on the human psyche organization and the ways of the human’s interaction with the society, sublimation – alike to other defense mechanisms like forgetting, repression, projection and others – is perceived as the constraint for a human’s destructive sexual drives. At the same time, sublimation is more of the consequential process arising from the necessity to tame the inherent set of human instincts. Thus, we will begin with a brief overview of the Freudian personality theory and concepts hierarchy inside of it.