By jona bryndis, Jul 29 2018 09:00AM
The ego as defined by Sigmund Freud is the mediator between the impulsive and animalistic drives of the id and the critical, moralizing comments and structure of the super-ego. It is, in the ‘healthy’ version, the mature adult that balances the drives and wants of the child (id) and the parental structure that attempts to define what is okay and not (super-ego).
The ego in this model regulates the impulses of the id and the needs for conformity of the superego via rationalization, intellectualism, defensive or coping structures and various methods of hiding impulses and judgments that brings about a multitude of expressions geared at what is perceived as normality and healthy interaction with the world.
And, this view of the ego and the model associated has served many well actually giving quite a complex and well-developed structure to how people behave and act. It has led to tremendous study, contemplation and even a more powerful understanding of the human psyche and interaction. It also created an entire area of study (psychology & counseling) that has also shed light on other areas of interest ranging from metaphysics, sociology, philosophy and even spirituality.