Ego: Structure, Complex, Drive
In this chapter, I rely heavily upon the self-psychology of Heinz Kohut (in dialogue with Freud and Jung) and argue that our conception of the ego is actually several competing conceptions. Key here as well is a distinction between ego strength and ego inflation, a distinction common in analytic psychology but often at odds with common usage and metaphor. Kohut’s distinctive defense of self-affirmation, particularly in developmental context, resonates strongly in my analysis with the work of William Blake and Walt Whitman, where self-affirmation plays a key role in the development of moral intelligence.
KeywordsEgo Kohut Self-psychology Drive Freud Lacan
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