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Saturday, March 24, 2012

The Psycho-Historical Background of President Noynoy Aquino: Understanding Noynoy's Behavior and Actions


Benigno Simeon Aquino III is the only son of former Senator Benigno Aquino Jr. Born in the eighth of February 1960, Noynoy, as what he is affectionately called, is the third child of the late Senator Ninoy and former president Corazon Aquino III.  Noynoy was born in Manila at the time that his father, Ninoy serves as Vice Governor of Tarlac City. 


Since his father was very active in politics, Noynoy was left in the care of his affectionate mother, Cory, and two (2) sisters, Ballsy Aquino-Cruz and Pinky Aquino-Abellada. Erikson (1983) says that his formative years as a child were spent with his elder sisters and a doting mother.  PBSA3 spent most of his childhood, teens and early adult years in their house in Quezon City. 


During the care of his sisters and mothers, PBSA3 learned how to trust people, develop feelings of shame and guilt (Erikson) and the capability to distinguish what is good and bad, and what things are prohibited and what are being encouraged in the household. Kolhberg (2002) says this is also a stage where the reward and punishment system was taught to PBSA3. While he develops his sensorimotor skills (Piaget), PBSA3 learns the rudimentary social and moral principles. 


The absence of a father figure during this stage, could have developed delinquent tendencies for the young PBSA3, although studies point that this is not necessarily the case for children raised in household absentee fathers. As what Eastin wrote in her dissertation (2003):


It is important to empathize that father-absence does not necessarily lead to delinquency, developmental deficits, and/or render the child with an absent father-figure inferior in psychological functioning to the child with a present father-figure in their lives.  Children who have absent-fathers are far from a homogeneous group with almost an infinite number of patterns that can be specified.  Many factors need to be considered in evaluating the father-absent situation including the length of separation from the father, type of separation, cause of separation, the child’s age and gender, the child’s constitutional characteristics, the mother’s reaction to the father’s absence, the quality of mother-child interactions, the family’s  socioeconomic status, and the availability of surrogate models (Biller & Solomon, 1986). The number of family risks to which children are exposed often best predicts how well children will be able to adjust in the world and conform to social norms (Kalb et al., 2001). 


Kolhberg (1981) says that at stage 1, kids develop moral values based on their personal observation that powerful personages in their lives have a set of rules which they have to obey regardless of reason or unquestionably obey. 


At the age of six, PBSA 3 began his elementary education at the Ateneo de Manila University. It was at this stage that PBSA3 is weaned away from his family and developed his skills such as industriousness, and feelings of inferiority. It was also at the age of six that the superego develops (Freud). 


From the ages of six to 11, Benigno Noynoy Aquino grew under the tutelage of the Jesuits. It was also at this time that his father became more and more estranged from the family, since it was the height of the struggle against the re-election of Marcos (1965-1971). It was also the height of student protests against Philippine participation in Vietnam. In 1968, the Communist Party of the Philippines was born. This period was marked with violence, political instability and social turmoil. It must have been very confusing to the young Aquino.


From 1972 (which is the year when Martial law was imposed) up to 1980, was a period where Noynoy developed his logical skills (Piaget) and created strong interpersonal relationships (Kolhberg). This was also a period where the young Aquino needed all the support in terms of developing his moral and personal beliefs. 


This period was most critical to the formation of Aquino's personality because, under normal circumstances, the role of the father should have manifested itself in this stage. Yet, no. Noynoy was deprived of this opportunity because his father was incarcerated by Marcos. When he was Grade 6, at the age of 13, Noynoy got a letter from his father, asking him to assume the responsibilities of a father to her sisters and a dotting son to his mother. That year, 1973 must have been very painful for the young Aquino. 


When the dictatorial regime meted the death penalty to his father, that was probably the most painful moment in Noynoy's life. This happened during the entire length of his high school days at the Ateneo. 


This explains why Noynoy trusts his high school and college classmates so much because they became his strong support system during those times when his family was persecuted, and even himself, somewhat bullied by some of those whose families flourished during the regime.


In 1980, his father was allowed to go to Boston to undergo medical treatment. It must have been a welcome news for the young Ateneo. This explains why Noynoy did not attend the graduation rites at the Ateneo, where he was conferred the degree in Economics. 


We must also understand that at this period, 1974-1980, was the time where Noynoy formed very strong bonds of brotherhood and friendship with his classmates at the Ateneo. Those whom he close to be in his circle of confidence stayed with him until the end. These people were also instrumental in lending strong support to the Aquinos when his father died, and when his mother was tasked the very heavy burden of assuming the leadership role of the anti-Marcos movement. His close classmates formed the inner circle which Noynoy depended upon during these very crucial times. From 1982-1985, Noynoy worked as Executive assistant at the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP) and as Assistant Promotional Manager for Mondragon, selling Nike shoes at the height of the 1985 snap elections campaign. 


When the struggle won in 1986, Noynoy Aquino worked for his uncle, Antolin Oreta in his company, Intra-Strata Corporation. He stayed there for the whole length of his mother's term as President (from age 26 to 32). At the age of 33, he worked for his family corporation. He stayed at the Azucarera for five years before he launched his Congressional career in 1998, at the same time, Erap ascended the presidency.


When his mother, the late icon of democracy, Cory broke out and militated against Erap, he was at that time, Congressman of Tarlac. He sided with the Spice Boys which eventually occupied highly sensitive posts during the time of Arroyo. 


Conclusion


There are two sets of people very influential with the President---his close immediate family members and his friends. Is there something wrong with that? None. When you tackle a job which you think requires surrounding yourself with your very close and intimate friends, there is nothing wrong with hiring these people to accompany you in that office. 


However, when things go terribly wrong and you seek counsel with the very same people who actually caused those damages in your administration, you have to re-assess their value. IN the case of Noynoy, he is not that sort of friend. He is very trustworthy. He obviously value utang na loob, a trait which is not uncommon to every single one of us. 


Among his friends, there are at least three sub-groupings namely: classmates and confidantes at the Ateneo, associates and friends formed during his ten-year stint as a Business professional and friends and associates formed during his ten-year stint as a politician. In terms of proximity, it is his classmates at the Ateneo that he has complete trust, followed by those he formed during his days as a businessman and lastly, those he formed during his Congressional and Senatorial terms.


Based on the latest buzz, Noynoy Aquino has reportedly abandoned the counsel of his close family friends and sisters. He has lent more than an ear to his close high school buddies who now occupy highly sensitive yet non-controversial posts in government. 


For example, we all know that what Bong Caguiat did at PAGCOR is not normal industry practice and even if it was, it violated the Ethical code for public officials. 


There are reports that the reason why this administration initiated shakedowns in every industry is the plan to dominate the business landscape prior to the end of this administration. 


There are insinuations that the this class, is the one who formed the team who purchased hectares of land at the Pagcor Entertainment City. 


For those who want to really know the truth, investigate each and every project now entered by the Aquino administration, and you'll find at least one classmate involved in it.













17 comments:

  1. To be able to understand a person. You need to talk to them and not just merely observing them with the use of psychoanalytical methods that are just based on theories. What is written here is done by a layman... and a very bias layman who does not know what he is talking about and just making a case presentation copied wikipedia.

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    1. @ anonymous, sorry for cracking your nut...I had the privilege of being with him during the elections, even smoked with him and after the elections and even when at Malacanang.

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    2. short talks or even small conversations does not make you know a person through and through.

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    3. @ah, but these are not just small talks. Do you know that as early as 2008, I was there already in Balai in Cubao? There was only a handful of people there, Butch Abad, Mar, Bobby, Noynoy and Chito Gascon and me!

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  2. This all freud is BULLSHIT - Noynoy had adjusted to the ultimate path of "individuation" as coined by C. Jung... If you think you can justify his functioning by these sets of stages then you're precisely running into the grave of error. The world is vast and it just doesn't circulate in the circle of family... If so why do we still exists today? was this concept already a norm during the middle ages? ahhh if you cannot speak for the whole dynamics or at least approximate the workings of the human psyche (thge human brain and the unknown) then better shut up! you are retarding human evolution by making these "freudan" as a standard. There is so much and so much and so much in this universe more than what your idol has taught you. Freud is actually scratching his balls now, so do I

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    1. @anonymous, read on! This is not merely Freudian blue-shit but a psychohistorical study. this is now the trend in political science and history.

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    2. Ah psychohistorical study????? Hmmm so can you show us the result of the studies done and let's see if it can say more than a bullshit opinion... there is a website for doing meta-analysis and even cohort, clinical trials etc. I feel feel that you're pointing a gun and you yourself is idiot about it. Do you know how this study can at least approximate one's functioning? You are injecting a risky concept of a whole individual in a fraudulent "pill" BE CAREFUL cos you are just about to bump in to piles of the world's greatest variable (the human mind)... and the trend? who uses this anyway? I haven't heard it yet and you're not even a psychiatrist! what you're doing right a plain "character sabotage".... okay we'll wait for the figures, studies, and acceptable facts... SHOW US THE FIGURES!

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    3. @anonymous, I think you're just plain stupid. Read first before you react. This is not character assassination. This is plain and simple analysis of the life and times of Mr. Aquino. Period. And what figures are you talking about? I did a grid and that is personal.I don't want to share it with the world because that is the basis of this study.

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    4. Grid for cooking pancakes? Look who's talking? so you're saying that this is plain? haha plain character sabotage? As I've said you are up against a pile of variables and by choosing to hide that "grid" that could otherwise make this whole blog sensible just make this thing like a drunk comment in youtube. Now you have the burden to show us the reliability of this so-called pychohistorical analysis... Show us at least some large scale studies where this purported "trend" was applied.

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  3. so,,,, what is wrong growing up w/o a father , and what is wrong hiring person whom you trust ,to me this is all shit !!! you are not helping this nation ,,,one who does not relish the work of others should not be disrespectful to their leaders ,,only in the philippines ,,,your group is a menace to this society !!!

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    1. @ ed, nothing. If you read this piece very carefully, you'll find that I simply said nothing wrong with that.

      Where did I disrespect Noynoy here? Can you please point it out to me? Did I say that he's this and that? No. Read first before you comment, my friend.

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  4. well done Patricio Mangubat. Salute to you for unearthing what we probably least understand about his personality

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    1. what is unearthing with his work? its like writing a study without proof because all of this are heresay. Merely a fact of making a pattern to the Philippine history that brainwashes the youth. And his using psychology which doesnt established causality even replicability. So what is objective of this psychohistorical study? I think this approached of investigation is not appropriate executed by the writer.

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    2. haha this might be unearthing piles of shit and it's just good as fun :) the writer even say that the whole analysis is the "trend"... The writer is delusional and can even be sued for character sabotage. All he says are blah blah blah... How can we measure the validity of this blog when it didn't even patched some facts doing it large scale. AH THIS IS JUNK!

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  5. You are only as good as your last project.

    We get that fire-in-the-belly at first then it disappears. I don't believe in friendship. I think everyone has a price...I think everyone just do things because of self interest. This article is a great piece... yeah a great piece for dinner events when you introduce people. It's a mutual admiration piece so the writer will be thanked as well. Cry-me-a-river... there's still garbage, graft and corruption in the government. These people should go back to their Alma Mater and claim refund for a lousy education.

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  6. i confess..matalino si leo nung baby once lang maka memorize pero natatakot ako pag nagkaroon ako ng matalinong anak..magiging mas mabilis siya kesa sa akin.ang mangyayari hindi ko siya mahahabol.better maging mahina pasan ng krus.lalabas din ang kanyang tunay na kakayahan.lakaran niya ang aking mga daan! nababagabag ako nun at namili ako sa dalawa.maging proud ba ako na henyo siya or maging mahina.ang alam ko ang manangan sa sariling kakayahan ay isang lisya para sa dios at ang sumunod at makasumpong sa diyos ay biyaya,biyaya ang maging mahina at sumunod sa diyos ito ang aking pinili!

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