Ego Ideal – on The Personality Concept.

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The Ego Ideal in personality concept by psychoanalysis science.

The Ego Ideal in Personality: concept.

The ego of the baby, yet unorganized, is not substantially different from the id (instincts) and establishes this as a primary and ideal condition. To meet their needs (Id), the child depends completely on the other (parents), but with a feeling of omnipotence (where cry is answered promptly). At this stage the individual experiences a condition called “primary narcissism,” characterized by making itself as a love object before choosing external objects.

From the first “not” by the mother or father, the child realizes that someone other than itself is stronger, and realize the omnipotence of the father or mother (and the frustration of his omnipotence). It is when he begins relationship with others wishing to participate in this omnipotence, wanting to be as strong and as powerful as, adopting the other as a model. At this stage of “secondary narcissism”, which coincides with the formation of the Ego, the Ego Ideal is formed.

Ego Ideal is the set of patterns of the individuals relationship with the external environment, designed according to the perfections of the caregiver. The guy leaves behind the narcissistic ideal of omnipotence (primary narcissism) but remains an aspiration to recover the lost omnipotence manipulating the return of the external environment through patterns of relationship he thinks is best for you. It’s the beginning of personality formation. Thus, the individual envisions a model of a mother, father, superhero, etc., endowed with beauty, strength, authority and other exceptional features and prestigious, through a process of idealization by which the individual seeks to regain status of omnipotence lost with the demise of infantile narcissism, developing feelings of superiority that will characterize his way of presenting to the world (persona). When the ego is unable to satisfy their idealizations he feels deep frustration. The aspiration for the maintenance of infantile omnipotence lost the ego becomes dependent on security and recognition, which he seeks to recapture through idealizations (beautiful, strong, noble – heroic identification) that comprise the Ego Ideal.


Concept, Ego, Freud, Ideal, Psychoanalysis

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