Beyonce knowles: a psychobiograpy offering a comparative view of freud, jung, and maslow
| Beyonce Knowles
Florida Institute of Technology
In an attempt to explain the phenomenon of a female superstar, I will use the theories of Freud, and Maslow. By understanding the inner workings and mindset of Beyonce, it is my hope that you will gain insight as to who she is as a human being. Beyonce was born on September 4, 1981 in Houston, Texas to a caring mother (Tina Knowles) and doting father (Matthew Knowles). Beyonce was a shy little girl and didn’t have any friends. Because her mother knew this, she enrolled Beyonce in dance class. This is where she discovered her passion for singing. Beyonce went on to establish a female vocal group and performed on Star Search. Although they didn’t win, that was not enough to stop her. She later formed another girl group by the name of Destiny’s Child. Destiny’s Child was one of the most famous girl groups of all time. They sold million dollar records and became multi-platinum artists. But, because of who Beyonce was and her solo stardom, she decided to embark upon her own career.
The first theorist that I’m going to discuss in my attempt to unveil the mind of Beyonce is Sigmund Freud. Freud developed his theory based on psychoanalysis. “He postulated three levels of consciousness: the conscious, preconscious, and the unconscious” (Clonginger, 2013). You might be wondering how this relates to Beyonce and her role as a dynamic superstar. The conscious mind deals with those things that we are not aware of. Beyonce is, most certainly, aware of her talent and gift as a singer and entertainer. She capitalizes on that. The preconscious is based on things that are not at the forefront of our brains, but can be brought to the forefront through exterior influences. Beyonce has a way of captivating and holding the attention of her...
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