posted on Sep, 23 2008 @ 09:03 AM
I am not a physiologist. I have taken one semester of intro to psych, and this is just an observation/opinion.
The Ego comprises that organized part of the personality structure which includes defensive, perceptual, intellectual-cognitive, and executive
functions. Conscious awareness resides in the ego, although not all of the operations of the ego are conscious.
Do humans have an alter ego when it comes to driving?
Over the last few years I have noticed, without a doubt, that in certain parts of the country (United States) people are more aggressive when it comes
to driving. Is this an effect of poor up bringing or is it that when people get behind a 2+ ton piece of equipment they feel empowered? I personally
feel it's a little of both. The lack of respect and responsibility instilled in the youth is astonishing (for ref I am only 25). At the same time our
employers and general higher ups make us feel so worthless that it would seem some people need to feel that sense of power through there aggressive
For example two weeks ago I was driving to class from work. They're about 15 miles from each other. At about the 10 mile mark I noticed a car
approaching fast in a 20 mph school zone. So I sped up to 30 mph. Now cause of the aggressive driver I am speeding in a school zone and not watching
the road cause I am making sure he doesn't run me off the road. After about 5 miles I realize it is a kid in my class. Normally a timid guy. One of
those that all ways smiles cause they don't know what else to do. Well I finally get feed up and break check him (slam on the breaks real fast), and
he has to swerve into the other than to avoid hitting me. Now I am thinking this should have got his attention, but it didn't. When I confronted him
about this he went from being the aggressive tailgater back to the timid guy who smiles to much.
Now back to the alter ego part. What would drive a timid person to be such an aggressive driver.
...The ego is that part of the id which has been modified by the direct influence of the external world ... The ego represents what may be called
reason and common sense, in contrast to the id, which contains the passions ... in its relation to the id it is like a man on horseback, who has to
hold in check the superior strength of the horse; with this difference, that the rider tries to do so with his own strength, while the ego uses
borrowed forces [Freud, The Ego and the Id (1923)]
According to Freud the external influences would be the reason that would cause this person to act the way they did. In contrast though it is not in
this persons nature to act the way they did. So is it the "power" that they gain being in a vehicle that they lack when there not in it that drives
them to this state?
On a personal level from an unscientific view. I think it is more that people today are self-absorbed and uncaring of there fellow man that drives
them to this state.