In cognitive theory, the devilish role is the 8th function in the functional stack and forms part of the shadow processes. The devilish role manifests under stressful conditions and can be quite negative. In using the process that plays this role, we might become destructive of ourselves or others and engage in behavior that will later be regretted.
Usually, we are unaware of how to use the process that fills this role and feel like it just erupts and imposes itself rather unconsciously.
Yet when we are open to the process that plays the devilish role, it becomes transformative. It gives us the motivation to create something new—to make yogurt out of spoiled milk, rather than lament it’s sourness….?
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