“Displaced anxiety” is a Freudian concept; it refers to what happens when people project or deflect their issues onto something irrelevant – something safer.
We put the people we respect up on a pedestal and we strip them of any qualities that we deem to be unvirtuous.
It rarely happens in the same place twice, but Joe Pesci is always there, and it always ends with him viciously assaulting me.
America was built on an ethos more severe than just “work now, play later.” Rather, our culture has roots in a philosophy of “work now, play when you die.”
Refusing to be crippled, I decided to face my fears head on with a method that analysts like Freud would call, “conditioning.” I listened to old mix-tapes, read old love letters, even saw Blue Valentine in theaters. And you know what? I survived.