An Examination of the Reverse Psychology That May well Have got Rooted in the Satire of the Later Jonathan Swift

An Evaluation of the Reverse Psychology That Can Include Rooted in the Satire of the Later Jonathan Swift

God only knows from whence arrived Freud's theory of penis envy, but among

his more tame theories, that of "reverse psychology", may possess its roots in the

satire of the late Jonathan Swift. I really do not mean to say that Swift employed

or was at all familiar with that design of persuasion, but his style is

certainly similar. Reverse psychology (as I thought we would define it for this

paper) means taking arguments that affirm a concern to such a level that they

seem absurd, and thus oppose the problem. Swift, in "A DISAGREEMENT [Against] The

Abolishing Of Christianity In England" stacks up for Christianity, and based on

the absurdity of his protection, he inadvertently desecrates it. He creates a

fictitious society in which Christianity is usually disregarded and disdained, but

nominal Christianity remains. The writer writes to guard this nominal

Christianity from abolition. The arguments that the writer uses, which are

common knowledge in his time, if put on Christianity in Swift's period would

be quite dangerous allegations. Indeed, the reason why that Swift provides for the

preservation of the fictitious Christianity


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