The Worst Child
Sigmund Freud's Psychology of Mind states that the human psyche is tripartite, divided into the id, ego and superego. The id comprises the primitive, instinctual part of the mind. It is responsible for things that are beyond conscious control. Freud includes sexual and aggressive drive as well as “hidden” memories within the dominion of the id.
Later theorists associate the id with the brains limbic system as described by neuroanatomists in the 1950s. The limbic system contains the hypothalamus, the hippocampus, the amygdala. It is responsible for fight-or-flight instincts, hunger, sexual drive and emotional response and bonding.
The super-ego operates as a moral conscience. It is rational and logical. It is the part of the psyche that requires the highest degree of rational thought and control. It can be thought of as a sort of idealized self, free from emotional contamination.
In other words, the super-ego is a Vulcan. Live long and prosper.
The ego is the real self. It is the most conscious part of the mind. It is the mechanism by which the desire of the id and the logic of the super-ego come into balance. Conflicts can arise during the delicate balancing between the tripartite.
Freud used this theory to explain the unexplainable human mind and; in 1938 he said, “The ego often finds itself in the position of fending of some demand from the external world which it feels distressing. This is affected by means of a disavowal (i.e. denial) of the perceptions which bring to knowledge this demand from reality.” This research may have been based on some faulty rationale, but the conclusions have had significant impact on modern psychological theory.
The American Psychological describes defense mechanisms,” as the manners in which defend ourselves by forming behaviors in certain ways to better protect or “defend” ourselves. Defense mechanisms are one way of looking at how people distance themselves from a full awareness of unpleasant thoughts, feelings and behaviors.
This include the, “Primitive” Defense Mechanism, “denial,” which is the refusal to accept reality or fact, acting as if a painful event, thought, truth or feeling did not exist. It is considered one of the most primitive of the defense mechanisms because it is characteristic of early childhood development. Many people use denial in their everyday lives to avoid dealing with painful feelings or areas of their life they don’t wish to admit. For instance, a person who is a functioning alcoholic will often simply deny they have a drinking problem, pointing to how well they function in their job and relationships.
Sleep? What sleep. He woke maliciously every 1.2 hours at exactly the moment she reached her deepest sleep cycle. The only time he truly slept was in the middle of trips to the grocery where he snoozed angelically in her arms, prompting escalations of delight from stranger after stranger.
“What a sweet little angel… blah blah blah….” Que the delighted snickers, occasional attempted caress and then WHAAA!
So much for peace and quiet. The last few moments of shopping meant a frenzy of patting and soothing and digging for money while she, who hated to be looked at, tried desperately to pay the bill and sneak away with a wailing cyclone in her arms.
The wildling beast bit me. Then, when I cried out, his full pink lips split into a grin that stretched out his whole face and he very deliberately reached over and pinched me! There is a scar!
Maybe he got better for a time. Kindergarten wasn’t so bad. After all, most kids go through a biting stage. He blended in. He never actually sat still, but hey, he was someone else’s problem for 7 hours a day, and that was better! But, then there was the frog incident.