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 E - Ego

Ego: Latin term for "I" - what one believes, consciously or unconsciously, that one is.

A lot is made of the ego by Freudians and more generally in psychiatry, which I shall not discuss here since I am not a Freudian and this is not a dictionary of psychiatry.

What should be noted, though, is that it would seem as if every sane adult has some sense of I or self, and that it is true that at best this consists of partial knowledge next to quite a few illusions, however explained, and that it also makes sense to distinguish conscious and unconscious theories about what one is, if only because, whatever one is, one is too complex to be fully given in one's ongoing experiences.

Also, it is noteworthy that one tends to think of oneself and others in terms of propositional attitudes.


See also: Egoism, I, Person, Self, Specious present,


Hilgard & Atkinson

 Original: Aug 29, 2004                                                Last edited: 12 December 2011.   Top