The It, The I, and The Over I by Mike Williams 08/17/2016 @ 10:12 P.M.

The It, The I, and The Over I by Mike Williams 08/17/2016 @ 10:12 P.M.

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Das Es, or Id is animal desire,
Which ignites a selfish fire.
Das Ich, or Ego is a horse rider,
And tries to rein in desire.

Das Über-Ich or Super Ego is polite,
From societal views of what is right.
The It, the I, and the Over-I fight,
But without Ego a fire would ignite.

Why do we call selfish people Egotistical?
Shouldn’t we refer to the Es or Id?
It just doesn’t quite seem very logical,
When the Ego tightens down the lid.

Idotistical seems like a much better fit,
When describing those who go too far.
For the instinctual fire that burns inside,
The Ego keeps concealed within the jar.

112 words, 16 lines, and 4 stanzas.
Image: https://commons.m.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Id_ego_super_ego.jpeg#mw-jump-to-license

This poem takes its inspiration from Sigmund Freud’s theory (psychology) based on discernment and personality developement. Sigmund Freud developed the psychoanalytic theory of personality development, which argued that personality is formed through conflicts among three fundamental structures of the human mind: the id, ego, and superego.

© Mike Williams
Deutsch poems • personality poems • psychology poems • theory poems

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