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It is in this lagging of ego development behind libidinal development that we see the essential precondition of neurosis ; and we cannot escape the conclusion that neuroses could be avoided if the childish ego were spared this task - if, that is to say, the child's sexual life were allowed free play, as happens among many primitive peoples On the other hand, the realisation dawns on us that such an early attempt at damming up sexual instinct, so decided a partisanship by the young ego in favour of the external as opposed to the internal world, brought about by the prohibition of infant sexuality, cannot be without its effect on the individual's later readiness for culture.
The instinctual demands forced away from direct satisfaction are compelled to enter on new paths leading to substitutive satisfaction At about that time an important change has taken place. A portion of the external world has, at least partially, been abandoned as an object and has instead, by identification, been taken into the ego and thus become an integral part of the internal world.
We call this agency the super-ego and are aware of it in its judicial functions as our conscience. It is a remarkable thing that the super-ego often displays a severity for which no model has been provided by the real parents, and moreover that it calls the ego to account not only for its deeds but equally for its thoughts and unexecuted intentions, of which the super-ego seems to have knowledge.
This reminds us that the hero of the Oedipus legend too felt guilty for his deeds and submitted himself to self-punishment, although the coercive power of the oracle should have acquitted him of guilt in our judgment and his own.
The super-ego is in fact the heir to the Oedipus complex and is only established after that complex has been disposed of.
Some suspicion of this state of things lies, no doubt, at the bottom of the assertion made by philosophers and believers that the moral sense is not instilled into men by education or acquired by them in their social life but is implanted in them from a higher source.
The torments caused by the reproaches of conscience correspond precisely to a child's fear of loss of lovea fear the place of which has been taken by the moral agency. On the other hand, if the ego has successfully resisted a temptation to do something which would be objectionable to the super-egoit feels raised in its self-esteem and strengthened in its pride, as though it had made some precious acquisition.
In this way the super- ego continues to play the part of an external world for the egoalthough it has become a portion of the internal world. Throughout later life it represents the influence of a person's childhood, of the care and education given him by his parents and of his dependence on them - a childhood which is prolonged so greatly in human beings by a family life in common.
And in all this it is not only the personal qualities of these parents that is making itself felt, but also everything that had a determining effect on them themselves, the tastes and standards of the social class in which they lived and the innate dispositions and traditions of the race from which they sprang.
Those who have a liking for generalisations and sharp distinctions may say that the external world, in which the individual finds himself exposed after being detached from his parents, represents the power of the present; that his idwith its inherited trends, represents the organic past; and that the super-egowhich comes to join them later, represents more than anything the cultural past, which a child has, as it were, to repeat as an after- experience during the few years of his early life.
It is unlikely that such generalisations can be universally correct.
Some portion of the cultural acquisitions have undoubtedly left a precipitate behind them in the id ; much of what is contributed by the super-ego will awaken an echo in the id ; not a few of the child's new experiences will be intensified because they are repetitions of some primaeval phylogenetic experience.
In the establishment of the super- ego we have before us, as it were, an example of the way in which the present is changed into the pastThe goal of Sudoku is to fill in a 9×9 grid with digits so that each column, row, and 3×3 section contain the numbers between 1 to 9.
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