Misoneism-fear of new
My country just chose the same president for another five years. The incument Milos Zeman is a controversial figure. I do not want to state my opinion about him because it is largely negative. Nevertheless, one topic I would like to focus is the fear of the unknown which is the reason why Czech people chose the same person which is an embodiment of embarassment and an epitome of rudness at the same time. People fear the new because it is something that one has to understand first and after that one can choose whether it is good for one or not. usually people try to avoid new things and stay in the old state.This is not good because they think that the new might be even worse. nevertheless, this approach is stupid because mankind would never move on. People are afraid of the new because they are negative and I think that this can be applied to older people more than young because elderly were the majority of voters of Milos Zeman. we as Czechs like to stay – or even like staying in the plight we are in rather than taking risk of electing something, someone new. We do not see the possibility of things getting better, which is a shame. The new- in this case a new unknown person as a president is basically inexplicable, at least for the time being for the spectator and thus unfamiliar, strange and consequently dangerous – therefore misoneism appears. One feels most safely within the surrounding of the old and known. People generally rather stay in something known than venturing to take the risk of something unknown-which may be better. Jentsch in his Psychology of the Uncanny says about misoneism: It is an old experience that the traditional, the usual and the hereditary is dear and familiar to most people, and that they incorporate the new and the unusual with mistrust, unease and even hostility. This can be explained to a great extent by the difficulty of establishing quickly and completely the conceptual connections that the object strives to make with the previous ideational sphere of the individual – in other words, the intellectual mastery of the new thing. The brain is often reluctant to overcome the resistances that oppose the assimilation of the phenomenon in question into its proper place. Having said that, we get to the so called Stockholm syndrom. This became known in connection to terrorism, where the victims of terrorists became used to their treatment and virtually did not want to be freed once they had the chance. I dare say that within the context of terrorism this is an extreme case, nevertheless, take for example abused wives or children. it is no exceptional case when a woman stays with her aggressive partner because she is too afraid to leave him and try something new. For her, it is better to be in such a plight than venturing something new, something unknown. we may also spot a kind of cindarella complex with a certain group of women. This means that a woman (or a man) is fully-fledged to escape the relationship but needs someone (usually man) to help her. This is seen in the fairy tales cindarella, where a strong emancipated woman stays subjugated (virtually in her free will) by her older sisters. Only once a prince arrives that helps her from her situation is she finally freed. This is also a paralel to Stockholm complex. such a person may really be unhappy, but the unhappiness is not as strong as the fear of new. such misoneism can be seen in Czech society. For most people it is better to stay in such a predicament rather than seeing the positivity of change. all life is change. even in Bible it is said that we should not dwell in the old but get rid of the old and accept the new until it is not too late, until the old devours us for ever.
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