reply to post by Akragon
Have you read what ego really is? Among the three, id, ego and superego, the id represents the most basic self, the one presented the most to others
and it fulfills the basic needs.
The ego comprises the organized part of the personality structure that 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. Originally, Freud used the word ego to
mean a sense of self, but later revised it to mean a set of psychic functions such as judgment, tolerance, reality testing, control, planning,
defence, synthesis of information, intellectual functioning, and memory. The ego separates out what is real. It helps us to organise our thoughts
and make sense of them and the world around us."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
It does not merely represent ourselves as who we are, but what we think and how we think it. The ego is reason-based, not passion-driven.
The super-ego aims for perfection. It comprises that organised part of the personality structure, mainly but not entirely unconscious, that
includes the individual's ego ideals, spiritual goals, and the psychic agency (commonly called "conscience") that criticises and prohibits his or
her drives, fantasies, feelings, and actions. "The Super-ego can be thought of as a type of conscience that punishes misbehavior with feelings of
guilt. For example, for having extra-marital affairs." The super-ego works in contradiction to the id. The super-ego strives to act in a
socially appropriate manner, whereas the id just wants instant self-gratification. The super-ego controls our sense of right and wrong and guilt. It
helps us fit into society by getting us to act in socially acceptable ways. The super-ego's demands often oppose the id’s, so the ego sometimes
has a hard time in reconciling the two.
If we state the ego is who we are, we deny the other components id and superego which are direct opposition to each other. For a film school thesis, I
compared these in the Wizard of Oz characters...
The Scarecrow represents the id, because he is always seeking to satisfy hunger and is child-like in achieving the ultimate goal of obtaining a brain.
The Tin Man represents the ego, because he is always using reason in achieving the ultimate goal in obtaining a heart..or the seat of passions the ego
does not have, but which the id has.
The Lion represents the superego because he represents the ultimate desire of achieving the highest moral identity, which for him was bravery. The
concepts of why one should be brave are found in the superego. His ultimate goal was obtain courage.
These three were the characters contained within the dream of Dorothy, her ultimate goal was to get home, or get to that place she was always at to
begin with. She merely had to click her ruby heels and she would be home. She had to go to Oz to find the way home, and L. Frank Baum, who was a
Theosophist, introduced the effects of heroin from the poppy seeds, the witch placed a spell on them through the poppies. The witch's ultimate goal
was the destruction of Dorothy and the three fellow-travelers, the id, ego and superego.
When the wizard imparts the gifts, he informs the receivers that they had it all along, which was Baum's way of explaining to the reader or viewer
that we already have what we need for the id, ego and superego to function properly. Baum's idea was that we don't need pyschological hucksters or
magic incantations to give us anything, we already have it.
But this is merely my interpretation of The Wizard of Oz. Baum was introducing many mystical aspects in the book, the symbolism is there if we
understand his own theosophical views.
Rubies and ruby jewelry throughout time have been said to have many positive effects and mystical properties. The ruby is associated with the sun,
and was thought to preserve mental and physical health. In the middle ages, rubies were viewed as a stone of prophecy. It was thought the stone
darkened when danger was near. Ivan the Terrible of Russia stated that rubies were good for the heart, brain and memory
Baum was incorporating Theosophist ideas in the Wizard of Oz.