Ego is different from superego in reference to the psychic elements. According to Freud, id is the
set of uncoordinated instinctual trends, super ego is the part that is critical and ensures that the
moral is well understood and taken care of. On the other hand, ego is the realistic and organized
part that plays a mediating role between the desire of the super ego and those of the id. An
example of id is when Sharon is thirsty, instead of waiting for her share of drinking water, she
picks James’s glass and drinks from it to the latter’s surprise. An example of ego is where Sharon
was very thirsty and she is aware that her server will come soon therefore, she wait even though
she really wanted to drink from James’s glass. Example of superego is where Sharon knows that
she could steal the glass and no one will find out so she decides not to steal James’s glass
because she feels that it is not right (Defense Mechanisms, 2009).
The inference of the psychosexual stages of development is that the lives of the people are
controlled in mental side of the person’s life. The implication is that it enables the people to
understand the issues that they go through and several efforts that can be put in place to deal with
them. Sigmund Freud made an assumption that a larger section of the mental life operates at the
unconscious level. The other assumption was that the personality of any adult is affected by the
early childhood development. The main assumption was that the unconscious life of the people is
mostly affected by the sexual instinct. It is therefore important to understand the theories and
ascertain its effects in the lives of the human beings (Attachment Theory: How Childhood Shapes
Your Life, 2018; Freud's Psychosexual Stages, 2009).
The Attachment Theory: How Childhood Shapes Your Life [Video file]. (2018, May 30).
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Defense Mechanisms [Video file]. (2009, February 13). Retrieved from
SIGMUND FREUD’S THEORY OF PSYCH 2
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