Of course the usage of this form of portrayal originates from an art form known as Caricature, a device, method, or technique intended to assist readers with comprehension or visualization.
Examples of similar usage at other places that would be akin to this general practice here on Dredd Blog would be to use "Uncle Sam" as a caricature of the United States (see graphic above).
Regular readers know that we use the acronym MOMCOM, which is composed of two main caricatures.
The first of the two caricatures (a beautiful woman) is used to represent the outward persona of MOMCOM (the ego and superego / the conscious), while the second (Jabba The Hutt) is used to represent the inner persona (the Amygdala / Freudian Id - the subconscious).
In this post we refer to the work of a researcher and author within the discipline that deals with such matters:
Dr. James Allan Cheyne has worked in a variety of areas in psychology and cognitive neuroscience. His current interests include the phenomenology and neuropsychology of sustained attention, the experience of agency (willed action), hallucinations, and religious and other anomalous experiences and beliefs. His published research has appeared in a variety of peer-reviewed journals, including Consciousness and Cognition, Cognition, Cognitive Development, Cognitive Neuropsychiatry, Cortex, Journal of Consciousness Studies, Journal of Sleep Research, and Neuropsychologia. He formally retired from the University of Waterloo in 2005, where he served as Chair of the Department of Psychology, but continues to engage in research, writing, and occasional bear tracking.(eSkeptic). A work by Dr. Cheyne confirms our association of the Freudian Id with the Amygdala:
The id has its center deep within the temporal lobes of the brain. Its nucleus is a small structure called the amygdala(Monsters From The Id, emphasis added). In one Toxins of Power Blog post the extrapolation from the Id of Freudian Psychology to a national Id was hypothesized:
Can we say that there is a national "Id"?(You Id What You Id). In another post we show clearly that we are all MOMCOM in the sense that MOMCOM is in and around all of us.
Therefore we are all affected by, and we all are part of The National Ego / Superego, as well as The National Id.
This next post in this series is here, the previous post in this series is here.