Thursday, 29 November 2012
“Understand Id, Ego and Super Ego to Achieve Success in Your Life” - Professor M.S.Rao
"The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of Hell, a hell of Heaven." - John Milton
Sigmund Freud came up with several ideas and insights on psychology during his lifetime. Of which Id, Ego and Super Ego are very prominent. Id is an instinctive, irrational and imaginative one at the core of human mind with animal traits. Id can be compared with a demon. Ego is rational one that decides what is right and wrong and negotiates with Id and slows down Id’s irrational and irrational ideas. Ego can be compared with a human being. Super Ego emphasizes on ethical and moral values and pursues great things and practices great values to stand out. Super Ego can be compared with an angel. Hence, the human mind is trifurcated into three compartments - Id, Ego and Super Ego where Id, Ego and Super Ego are synonymous with demon, human and angel respectively. Let us illustrate them with some examples here:
When a man finds a beautiful girl he wants to have sex with her by any means due to the influence of Id. Then Ego intervenes and advises not to think irrationally and act instinctively. It implores to talk to the girl for consent and weigh the pros and cons before having sex thus acting rationally. Super Ego intervenes and advises to love her, get her consent, and marry her to have sex regularly to enjoy a pleasant life thus emphasizing on moral and ethical values.
Here is another example where a man wants to become a millionaire by any means due the influence of Id. Then Ego enters and advises him to be rational and adopt right means and methods to become a millionaire. There is shift in human mind from irrational to rational. Finally, Super Ego intervenes to emphasize on ethical values in order to achieve the goal to become a millionaire. Hence, there is a constant battle between Id, Ego and Super Ego leading to conflicts within the mind which is known as intrapersonal conflict.
To conclude, crush your instinctive and irrational ideas and replace with rational and ethical values to excel as a fine human being. Remember, no man is entirely good and no man is entirely bad as there are some positive aspects in every negative person and some negative aspects in every positive person. Understand Id, Ego and Super Ego and appreciate the realities and grow as a great person.
“The mind is a wonderful servant, but a terrible master.” - Robin Sharma
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