Latin term for "I" - what one believes, consciously or unconsciously, that one
A lot is made of the ego by Freudians and more generally in
psychiatry, which I shall not discuss here since I am not a Freudian and this
is not a dictionary of psychiatry.
What should be noted, though, is that it would seem as if
every sane adult has some sense of I or self, and
that it is true that at best this consists of partial
knowledge next to quite a few
illusions, however explained, and that it also
makes sense to distinguish conscious and
unconscious theories about what one
is, if only because, whatever one is, one is too complex to be fully given in
one's ongoing experiences.
Also, it is noteworthy that one tends to think of oneself and
others in terms of