Conflict in the Adult Unconscious

The libidinization of aggression redirected against the self in early (pre-oedipal, oral) childhood in each and every one of us may create conflicts later on in life.

The Id makes demands (instincts, immaturity).

The Ego Ideal part of the Superego makes more realistic demands (maturity).

The Ego (I, me) must resolve these conflicting demands: it must choose either Id or Ego Ideal demands. It cannot choose both.

The Neurotic Solution: the Ego does not live up to the Ego Ideal; that is, the Ego gives in to Id wishes. This results in punishment by Daimonion against the Ego. The end result is guilt and unconscious pleasure. In enough quantity, it is consciously felt as suffering, depression, anxiety, etc.

The Normal Solution: the Ego converts, or sublimates immature instinctual Id wishes
to reality forms acceptable to the Ego Ideal.
In this way the Ego lives up to its Ego Ideal and this results in pleasure.
Daimonion then cannot reproach or punish the Ego- so it aims its aggression at the Id.
Daimonion finally comes in handy!
It softens up the strong infantile Id so that the Ego can more easily sublimate the Id.
The Ego, overall, avoids punishment and this results in conscious pleasure.