Oprah’s interview with Michael B. Jordan was very revealing in terms of the power of the mind in creating emotions that direct how a person lives their life. By being so immersed in the role of Killmonger in “Black Panther”, Jordan experienced what in psychoanalysis is called “depositing” of negative affect. Immersing yourself into the depths of evil will result in an internal template that will drive behavior. In therapy we refer to this process as a” piercing of the psychological skin.” In other words, the immersion in the evil plot activates internal emotions that lie deep in the unconscious , where great actors draw from when they emerge themselves into the character they portray. Therapists on a daily basis become injected by their patients’ primitive and negative experiences that typically occurred earlier in the client’s traumatized childhood.
Jordan is a brave actor and a great example. He very smartly went to a therapist to help him unravel what was happening to him. This is an heroic step, especially for the rich and talented, to take. This quick action prevents the fatal growth of mental health difficulties. This problem could have festered within Jordan, hiding behind pride, soaked over time in lethal intoxicants, and eventually could have resulted in a tragic outcome. There are far too many examples of celebrity deaths that occur this way.
Jordan refused to isolate himself from the evil power within him deposited by this role. This is particularly relevant for young and older people who rely solely on video games requiring the assuming of roles within them. Playing the games is an excellent way to use fantasy to face up to your life. However, the destructive element of both acting and video gaming is in the isolation. When people become isolated, they lose the ability to reach out and grab onto something real and loving.