A Rorschach Test for Cops?
When a white person sees another white person, the reflexive assumption is that the other person is a social, political, moral, and ethical equal until he/she proves or manifests otherwise.
When a white person sees a black person the very opposite is the case and the unconscious ‘What are you doing here?’ or the ‘You don’t belong here.’ reflex syndrome kicks in.
That’s when the white person’s micro aggressions are likely to occur and the black person’s defensive or survival tactics and techniques are reflexively summoned in response.
When you suppress an impulse or desire you’re forcing it down, below the level of awareness. But when you push what feels too endangering to admit into consciousness even farther down, at some point it’s no longer recognizable. And that’s what repression is all about. It’s an involuntary reaction, inasmuch as it represents a psychological mechanism of defense, and all such self-protective workings are instinctual, operate autonomously, and (for better or worse) compel your behavior. Moreover, they typically take root when you’re still a child, with your mental capacity and judgment seriously limited.
All of your psychological defenses such as dissociation, denial, displacement, or projection are there, in your unconscious mind,
in order to alleviate intolerable distress.
Which is another way of saying they’re mentally repressed.
That which is mentally repressed is unconscious…
Your unconscious, is the part of your being that represses extremely unpleasant memories, or hides them away from you. As one author puts it, it’s that aspect of mind which “includes socially unacceptable ideas, wishes and desires, traumatic memories and painful emotions that have been repressed.”
Hence the experience of anxiety resulting from the conflicts created by unconscious repression.
These psychological and emotional ‘defenses’ are assimilated and developed at an extremely early age and do not mature with the individual…
In other words, what defensively repulsed you at age 5 most likely will seem or be repulsive at age 50.
“The Rorschach test is a psychological test in which subjects’ perceptions of inkblots are recorded and then analyzed using psychological interpretation, complex algorithms, or both. Some psychologists use this test to examine a person’s personality characteristics and emotional functioning. It has been employed to detect underlying thought disorder, especially in cases where patients are reluctant to describe their thinking processes openly.”
So, here’s the question:
Should there be a Rorschach Test applied to police recruits to screen for racism and racist tendencies?
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