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Psychoanalysis of John
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1 April 2011
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I watched a documentary called Imagine: John Lennon where they talked about his mother being killed by the drunk off duty cop and how that affected his already tainted view of authority.

You should definitely check out that documentary, and I think Nowhere Boy would help you as well, don't let anyone tell you any differently. a-hard-days-night-george-10

But Yoko has said how John would always talk about his mother throughout their marriage, it seems he was pretty obsessed with her and I would venture to say that her attention was John's first major driving force for playing rock n' roll, although that's just me speculating.

As for Mimi, well I think part of the reason John had some intellectual drive was because of her strict upbringing and also his middle class lifestyle.

As for Freddy, I don't know, his not being there I'm sure increased John's dependence on needed a parental figure in his life, whether it was Brian, George Martin, Paul or finally Yoko. Clearly he struggled with keeping in line when he didn't have someone telling  him what to do.

Anyway, I could go on and on because this answer is like an abyss of information.

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2 April 2011
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Thanks guys, I was thinking of checking out Nowhere Boy, but I definitely will now. Penny  Lane and Gniksus (?) thanks a lot, I am definitely going along those lines, his oedipal resolution is nowhere to be seen, I think losing his only father figure in his Uncle George at a young age also caused him to obey Epstein, and the Maharishi for just two examples.... And I think that Yoko, arriving as she did at the perfect time, when he was stuck at home and directionless, was the ultimate for him, combining Julia's supportiveness of his music, and Mimi's control and directiveness.

There's just so much to it, I can't fit it all in!! He sure was an iconoclast.

Oh also orally fixated due to early life neglect, lifelong inability to quit smoking, chewing gum etc.....

Anything else to add, please feel free!!!

 

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anna said:

Hi guys, nice to see some like minded people here!  I'm studying psychology at uni, and I have to do a psychobiographical essay, and of course I chose my favourite Beatle, John.  He had such a strange upbringing and different stages of his life.... but I'm struggling to do it all clearly..

Anybody here want to venture anything about how his childhood affected his life? 

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I don't want to write your paper for you :) but in college, I also had to analyze someone's development and chose John Lennon and used the Loevinger scale. The way I looked at him was that I read some books, yes, but I also paid more attention to the songs that John sang, especially in the early years. (It was a given that whoever wrote most of the song was the one who sang it.) I had a lot of fun with that paper.

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anna said:

Thanks guys, I was thinking of checking out Nowhere Boy, but I definitely will now. Penny  Lane and Gniksus (?) thanks a lot,  

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But I think John is a perfect subject for you because there is just so much information out there, but it's still abstract enough that you can really form your own opinion because no one has really been able to pinpoint what made that guy so damn interesting.

I think the death of his Uncle George, as well as his early abandonment, then later deaths of Julia and Stuart really fuled John's drive. It's almost like he knew that his life would not be that long, so he took every available moment to express himself creatively through his poems and drawings or obviously with his guitar. I'm paraphrasing, but he has a quote that's something like, 'while everyone else was messing around, I wasn't and that's why I became a star' and Mimi talked about how he had some insatiable need to be creative at all times.

So I think his energy was a huge thing as to why the Beatles blew up into the biggest band ever, and ultimately why John sort of self-destructed. He built up this mask, and like Paul said, what a beautiful mask it was, but at the end of the day he still had to deal with what was going on in his head. But I think that line from Mother "I couldn't walk and I tried to run" is pretty close to a perfect starting point when analyzing John.

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What stage of John's life are you going to analyse him at? Double Fantasy John was a very different person to Please Please Me John.

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