Stage 4b. The Superego: the Ego Ideal + Daimonion

The Ego Ideal

"Having established the Ego Ideal (Freud)-- the 'department of don'ts and great expectations'-- the child has solved an external conflict, but his internal conflict continues because of the backlog of undischarged aggression datiing from infancy. Although he gradually gains increased muscular control and is capable of placing aggression outward in games and activities of various kinds, this ability does not come soon enough to save him from an inner usurper...


"This forbidding term was borrowed from Socrates, who held that every human being harbored a 'diabolical something' within himself...a kind of voice that kept him from doing what he wished to do but never gave any positive advice.

. psychoanalytical terms [it] is an inner malicious 'something' that is each man's worst enemy. Evey human being consciously wishes to be happy, but the fact is that there also exists in the human psyche an unconscious force that is averse to happiness, success, enjoyment of life, and whose aim is unhappiness, misery, even self-destruction."nnn--Curable and Incurable Neurotics, pp.33-34.
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