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EGO (Excerpt from book)

Filed under: Human Nature, Two Mind Hypothesis

The motivation for self-display, which is part of virtually all aspects of modern human striving by individuals, throws a different light on the role of ego. Freud cast the ego in modern humans as a mediator between the superego, representing the inhibitions demanded by society, and the antisocial impulses of the (primate) id. To me, …

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The Freudian Ego Cast As the Hero

Filed under: Evolution of Emotion, Evolutionary psychology

                                ADDENDUM TO PREVIOUS POST In 1991, when we were “full tilt” with four young kids, working like hell and always strapped, I announced to my magnificently indulgent wife that I intended to hire a cartoonist at $100 per picture to illustrate my thoughts. I placed the following ad in The Washington Post:   AD …

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What Is Our Ego?

Filed under: Emotional Fossils, Evolution of Emotion, Evolutionary psychology | 1 Comment

As I have said several times in this blog, I decided that mania (the “up” part of bipolar disorder) is a disorder purely of our own species, because one of its main symptoms is the hyperactivity of grammatically complex speech, which is clearly only recently evolved. I then deduced that mania itself represents a pathologically …

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A Philosophical Journey – Discovering the Mystery of Creation in the Mind – a memoir; #10: The Genius of Vanity

Filed under: Evolution of Emotion, Evolutionary psychology, Language, Summary of Philosophy

Freud’s observation that humans are hypersexual has become such a cultural staple to have settled in as the sitcom-with-canned-laughter cash-cow. Although I had long been steeped in Darwin’s theories of sexual selection and sexual display, I hadn’t put the two together until I read Geoffrey Miller’s book, The Mating Mind (2000), the thesis of which …

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