In the year 2015, half of the human race is dead, and the survivors face extinction at the hands of beings called Angels.
Within the headquarters of the secretive organization called NERV, a special United Nations agency located in Tokyo-3, a handful of teenagers are
trained to pilot the colossal super-entities known as Evangelions and battle the Angels on their own terms... whatever the cost to their minds and
Shinji Ikari, whose father heads the NERV team that developed and maintains the Evangelions, is thrust into a maelstrom of battles and events that he
does not understand. He is forced to plumb the depths of himself for the courage and strength to not only fight, but to survive...
The Freudian Psychology Theory (part of the ego-psychology school of psychoanalysis) is a model of the human psyche advocated by Sigmund Freud
(1856–1939). It describes the human psyche in three distinct divisions: the Id, the Super-Ego, and the Ego.
The Id is a reservoir of need-gratification impulses such as primitive instinctual drives of sexuality, aggression, and hunger. Freud believed the Id
to be inborn, operating on the dynamics of the pleasure principle, requiring immediate gratification or release without concern for external
exigencies. For example, the crying of a hungry infant is an instinctive attempt to communicate that need to a caregiver, without concern for place or
In Neon Genesis Evangelion, Asuka Langley Sohryu, the Second Child and pilot of Evangelion Unit-02, is often believed to represent the Id.
The Super-Ego is a symbolic internalization of the father figure, and acts as a sort of conscience, maintaining a sense of morality and behavior
inline with social norms. It is the aspect of the psyche that prohibits violation of socially-imposed taboos, often standing in opposition to the
desires of the Id.
'The Super-Ego retains the character of the father, while the more powerful the Oedipus complex was and the more rapidly it succumbed to repression
(under the influence of authority, religious teaching, schooling and reading), the stricter will be the domination of the Super-Ego over the ego later
on—in the form of conscience or perhaps of an unconscious sense of guilt' (The Ego and the Id, 1923). The concept of Super-Ego has been subject to
criticism for its sexism. Women, who are considered to be already castrated, do not identify with the father, and therefore form a weak Super-Ego,
apparently leaving them susceptible to immorality and sexual identity complications. In Freud's work 'Civilization and Its Discontents' (1930) he
also discusses the concept of a cultural Super-Ego.
In Neon Genesis Evangelion, Rei Ayanami, the First Child and pilot of Evangelion Unit-00, is often believed to represent the Super-Ego.
The Ego mediates between the Id, the Super-Ego and the external world. It is tasked with finding a balance between primitive drives, morals and
reality. Although in his early writings Freud equated the Ego with the sense of self, he later began to portray it more as a set of psychic functions
such as reality-testing, defense, synthesis of information, intellectual functioning, and memory. The word Ego is taken directly from Latin where it
is the nominative of the first person singular personal pronoun and is translated as 'I myself' to express emphasis.
In Neon Genesis Evangelion, Shinji Ikari, the Third Child and pilot of Evangelion Unit-01, is often believed to represent the Ego.
Collaboration and Coordination
The Id, the Ego, and the Super-Ego collaborate to serve the needs of the body and to control and normalize the conduct of an individual. For example,
an infant will cry when hungry because that is an inborn evolutionary form of communication designed to attract or compel the attention of a suitably
coevolved caregiver. An adult however will not normally cry when hungry, because the more experienced Ego has learned that the same recourse is no
longer available, and because the now mature Super-Ego realizes that crying is not a socially acceptable reaction to being hungry.
Innate Drives: Eros, Libido, Thanatos, Destrudo
Until 1920, the Freudian Psychology Theory was based primarily on the pleasure principle (the drive of an individual to maximize his or her pleasure).
After World War I however, Freud began to study trauma (particularly trauma experienced by soldiers during the war). The most curious aspect of highly
unpleasant or traumatic experiences was that individuals were prone to repeat or re-enact them, which appeared to violate the pleasure principle.
After hypothesizing several causes (particularly the idea that individuals repeat traumatic events in order to master or overcome them), Freud
considered the existence of a fundamental death wish or death instinct, referring to an innate desire to die. According to the hypothesis, all living
organisms are driven to return to a pre-organic, inanimate state.
'Beyond the Pleasure Principle' was an essay published by Freud in 1920 in which he introduced the idea of innate drives or impulses. These
instinctual drives included the already established Eros (the love impulse), and the Libido (the sexual impulse), as well as the Thanatos (the death
impulse opposing the Eros), and the Destrudo (the destruction impulse opposing the Libido).
Individuals suffering from personality disorders were believed to have these innate drives out of balance. For example, an individual exhibiting
suicidal tendencies would likely have dominant Thanatos or Destrudo impulses. Causes of such imbalances would vary, but would typically involve
In Neon Genesis Evangelion, the Destrudo and Libido are mentioned several times in reference to the Evangelion Units and their pilots.
Here are two short clips to give you an idea on the visual style used in NGE.
Evangelion is one of my favourite animes ever. Good thread, there are so many deep and philosophical messages in Evangelion, it truly messed with my
mind the first time I watched it. I could hardly take it all in. I also really love the action and fight scenes, some of it awesome. There are no
other animes like Evangelion, I recommend it to everyone here. Make sure to get the full quality version of the series, don't watch it on YouTube.
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