Source: Ego Consciousness

Ego is the center of consciousness. It is the subject of consciousness. It is made up of inherited character, disposition, and through subconsciously learned impressions. As we develop ego-consciousness, we think we know ourselves fully. In fact, the ego only knows its own content, not the content of the subconscious. This aspect of psyche is largely hidden from us. It’s similar to our knowledge of our physical being- we know when we feel good, or bad, but we don’t know much of our inner physical systems or workings.

The ego is the center of the conscious mind: our conscious perceptions, memories, thoughts, and feelings. It is the gatekeeper to consciousness. Until the ego acknowledges an idea, feeling, memory or perception, it can’t be brought into awareness. The ego is selective- it receives much material, but only lets a bit reach awareness. The ego provides identity and continuity for a personality. This is due to the selective nature of what the ego allows us to perceive. It is the ego, working through individuation that allows our personality to become coherent- consistent and recognizable.

The ego determines much of what is allowed in thanks to the dominant function .If you are primarily a feeling type, the ego will allow more emotional experiences in. If you are a thinking type, the ego will allow more thoughts into consciousness. It is also determined by how much anxiety the material provokes. Obviously it is to the ego’s benefit to keep us functioning reasonably well. Anxiety-provoking memories or thoughts will often be repressed out of consciousness.

It also has to do with the level of individuation the person has achieved. More individuated people can look at more things and manage the intensity of the experience. And some experiences are simply too intense to be denied. They can batter their way past all defenses to force confrontation. This may force a complete reordering of the personality in the face of dramatic change or trauma.

2 Responses

  1. Hi Michael,

    Thanks for your very warm response.

    I love playing with new ideas and insights as if they are toys and than building a house with different rooms for each idea…I am a student rather than a teacher,and feel I am not deep but just scratching the surface.

    This is FLOW as I see it !


  2. Thanks for all the great articles, I can’t imagine the amount of work it takes to keep such a wonderful site. I deeply appreciate all the love & effort that
    has gone into it.
    With Loving Appreciation
    Michael Loughran

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