If we are to understand Man’s behavior, we must understand that his psychological structure rigorously adheres to its own reality. That means that, structurally speaking, neither our Egos nor our selves can be identified with contradiction. The Ego can’t accept that it is in error because error is contradiction and contradiction is a quantitative concept. Given that the Ego is not a quantitative reality, it is not susceptible to quantitative judgments. In addition, a subject’s self cannot accept contradiction either because the accusing Context automatically identifies the self of the subject with the subject’s Ego, and that, again, is structurally self-contradictory and, therefore, impossible.
Errors, miscalculations, inaccuracies, blunders, or mistakes are commonly associated with the self. Although we frequently identify contradictions (error) with he or she who appears to have committed them, when the erring subject senses the contradiction, it also senses the structural impossibility of being in relationship with contradiction and subsequently is forced by structural demand, to deny his or her involvement with the contradiction in question.
Interestingly enough, once a Context has--falsely or not--linked one’s behavior to contradiction, some level of structural damage automatically will occur. There is, after all, a Context “out there” that experiences a subject as being self-contradictory. When we are accused of being contradictory, we are not only obliged to deny the accusation but equally as obliged to either neutralize or compensate for the contradiction
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