Sunday Firesides: The False Power of the High Chair Tyrant

The world is filled with a lot of things that can hurt you. From the obvious to the more subtle, every day has something new and unexpected in store for us. One such thing that’s relatively easy to miss (especially if we’re too busy playing) is our own ability to inflict pain on others while they eat their mealtime treats. Beware: This may seem like it’ll be an amusing read but don’t let this false power go unchecked!

The “male archetypes” are an important part of the survival genre. They are a staple that is often overlooked and under appreciated. In this article, I will discuss how these male archetypes have been portrayed by different authors in their works.

The False power of the high chair tyrant illustration.

The term “High Chair Tyrant” was invented by Robert Moore and Douglas Gillette to describe a psychological “shadow,” an immature energy that may inhibit a man from maturing into full manhood and expressing his healthy “King” archetype.

The High Chair Tyrant is petulant, entitled, and demanding, believing he is the center of the universe and having excessive expectations of how the world, and everyone in it, should cater to his wants.

The emergence of the digital era has made it much simpler to slip under the shadow of the High Chair Tyrant than ever before. Every guy lords over his own royal domain with a smartphone as his scepter. He can call meals to his door, peruse through hundreds of possible consorts on dating sites, and hire jesters to amuse him through blogs, films, and social media at the press of a button. With a flick of the finger, whatever that displeases this would-be ruler is banished from his court.

The contemporary High Chair Tyrant’s expectations expand to grandiose dimensions, both online and off, given how easily and instantly nearly everything conforms to his wants. He is severely and loudly unhappy if any kind of media does not 100% coincide with his interests and ideas. “Off with their heads!” exclaims the narrator. Is there someone or anything that irritates or bores him? “Take them away, guards!”

What seems to be true sovereignty, however, is only a diluted version of it. Waiting for nice things to happen to you is not the same as making them happen for yourself. It’s not the same as generating new alternatives from a menu of pre-selected options. Consumption and whining are the weak and dependent’s fake powers.

A throne is not a high chair. Sitting in the former, you may feel powerful, but the fact is that you are unable to leave your seat.



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