Human Psyche As Inherently Ambivalent: Semiosis of Construction and Destruction
Psychology has been a naively positive science–focusing on the construction in its various forms: cognitive enhancement, creativity, innovations in environments, new technologies, etc. What is systematically overlooked is the destructive functions of the psyche: most of our psychological inventions are based on the pursuit of goals of destruction (creating military technologies, building forts of defense or castles, procedures of devastation, etc.). Wars and genocides have been recurrent in human history. I claim that the human psyche—through constructive semiosis—builds on the opposition of destruction and construction of new versions of cultural artifacts that further feed into further positive presentation of inherently ambivalent new oppositions.