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FROM LIFE: Id, Ego and Superego Compared To The Three Characters In The Prodigal Son
Some find satisfaction in the pursuit of personal pleasure. These people crave instant gratification and do not bother who they hurt in order to achieve it. On the extreme opposite pole there are those who are satisfied by obeying rules and being respectable citizens. These tend to be rigid and judgemental. These persons are still driven by what gives them satisfaction so they are also self-centered. In Freud’s theory of the personality, these two opposing forces are found in every person.
The Ego is the third part of the human personality which mediates between the Id and the Superego and incorporates them in a healthy way. The mediator between the two brothers in the aforementioned parable is the Father. The love of God saves the person from becoming either destructive (too 'passionate' that one destroys the other) or without life (only governed by duty)...