Alex Rodriguez-Beyond The Legal Defense A Psychological One

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We have now gotten the news that Alex Rodriguez is suing Major League Baseball for their house, home and first born in the continuing saga that has two titans pitted against each other with each one accusing the other of lying and much more.

That either side or both per chance is lying should come as no surprise because people lie all the time.  In fact the average each person lies is somewhere near 1.5 lies per day– last I could recall.

There are a multitude of reasons why people lie but no one that I know wants to look bad and most people would rather look good if given the choice— which makes the truth one big overvalued concept.

In response to Rodriguez’s accusations Major League Baseball issued a statement.

“While we vehemently deny the allegations in the complaint, none of those allegations is relevant to the real issue: whether Mr. Rodriguez violated the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program by using and possessing numerous forms of prohibited performance-enhancing substances, including testosterone and human growth hormone, over the course of multiple years and whether he violated the Basic Agreement by attempting to cover-up his violations of the Program by engaging in a course of conduct intended to obstruct and frustrate the Office of the Commissioner’s investigation,” the statement read.

This statement beyond all else is suggesting that Rodriguez is deflecting from what the real question is- –which is did he use PEDS illegally, thus the reason why the current hearing is being held.

Deflection is one of the most common psychological defenses that people use. They do this to protect their emotional selves and psyches.  So Rodriguez is going to try to shift the debate off the simple charge of whether or not he illegally used PEDS with so much at stake.

Perpetrators frequently become victims in their own minds. For the most part they have difficulty taking emotional responsibility for their actions.  Most of the time people who engage in this psychological defense are not aware that they are actually doing it.

Contrary to popular belief this is an internal process to ward off feeling emotionally vulnerable, fragile and just plain bad about one-self.

Rodriguez claims he is fighting for his reputation or so he says, but there are so many more emotional levels in play, as his actions demonstrate what lengths people will go to protect themselves both emotionally and psychologically.

Realistically in this instance Rodriguez does have a lot on the line as it concerns his financial status, as well as his current reputation and legacy.

It has been my experience that the latter two spur others to act in any manner to protect their emotional well-being and stabilize themselves while going to great lengths to do such.

This is in part why we are seeing so many statements and actions out of the Rodriguez camp that at times appear to make no sense to us. They should not–they do however make emotional sense to Rodriguez

Rodriquez is claiming in part that MLB has obtained its information in a less than legal manner. This should also come as no surprise as huge corporations tend to roll over us little guys if they can—it is just the way of the world.

However Rodriguez is no little guy and he has the resources, where with all, and apparently the will to go all out in his defense.

Do people and parties in dispute try to win the battle of public opinion— of course they do. But more importantly they use the public and the media strategically to intimidate each other, with various leaks to give the other side pause.

At this juncture it does not seem that either side is going to pause anytime soon as the process is sure to play out in the most sordid manner possible.

It is most certain that civil suits, asking for damages, a plethora of charges and counter charges that will go on way past the arbitrator Fred Horowitz’s ruling are going to be the bill of fare.

One thing is for certain, we will be subjected to continuing lies, accusations and counter accusations from both sides—as the truth when it comes to protecting oneself on all fronts, is more than an over-valued concept.

For More On Rodriguez

http://psychologyofsports.com/2013/08/20/for-the-yankees-and-a-rod-the-psychological-and-public-risks-for-each-party-in-their-struggle/

http://psychologyofsports.com/2013/08/11/bud-selig-the-a-rod-dragon-slayer-what-people-will-do-when-their-legacies-are-at-stake/

http://psychologyofsports.com/2013/08/05/alex-rodriquez-from-perpetrator-to-victim-what-he-has-to-do/

http://psychologyofsports.com/2013/08/01/alex-rodriquez-why-the-truth-is-an-overvalued-concept/