The Ego through Disciplines Analytical Essay by ABCs

The Ego through Disciplines
An analysis of the concept of ego in understanding psychology and the concept of personality.
# 111885 | 1,025 words | 1 source | MLA | 2009 | US
Published on Feb 02, 2009 in Psychology (Behaviorism) , Psychology (Freud) , Psychology (Theory)

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This paper analyzes the concept of ego not as a term of self-centeredness but as a concept instrumental in understanding psychology and personality. The author discusses Sigmund Freud's psychoanalytic theory, the structural model of personality and his definition of the ego contained within this theory. The paper explains Freud's theory that infants are born with an inherent ID which serves as the mechanism in which their needs are met and that the ego is actually a development of the ID. The author also discusses Eckhart Tolle's new earth theory that humanity tends mostly to be egocentric. In closing, the author stresses the importance of the ego in psychology and sociology.

From the Paper:

"Finally, the ID and now the Ego go through one more transformation. When the phallic stage of development comes to an end, the child develops a moral center. This is called the Superego. The Superego acts similar to what many call the conscious, whispering moral actions and making people feel guilty when they choose an action that is immoral. The morality that the Superego imposes on each personality, however, is not uniform. Rather, it is usually a function of the morality instilled in the child by his or her parents or guardians. This explains that while all have a Superego, people have varying ideas of morality."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Quigley, T.R. "A Brief Outline of Psycho-analytic Theory." 1998 The New School 9 September 2008. The New School. <>

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