In an attempt to explain the roles of the mind in our actions and behaviors, several things often come to our mind. At various points in time we may want to behave base on our instincts on thus operating on the ‘ID’ or our ‘ego’ and at times our ‘super ego’.
The ‘ID’ initiates our pleasure seeking self. Therefore more often, we may want to behave in the euphoria of a group think with an intention to drive pleasure for the moment. The ‘superego’ takes us far above the initiatives of the ‘ID’ thus putting us in a pole position to obtain a moral sense in our actions.
The ‘ego’ is the middle mind; it mediates the pleasure seeking sense of the ‘ID’ and the moral seat of the ‘super ego’, hence bringing our mind-sets to a balance. To be expansionary in a real sense about this, we may want to make suppositions herby directing questions to self, such as; assuming I behaved this way, what would have happened? If I choose to be this, who will understand me?
The human mind is broad and hence filled with so many assumptions. In a way, the interphase of functions between the three structures of the mind ( ID, ego, and superego) regulate our actions and therefore we often behave in a regulated outcome. This calls for careful examination as to how the human psyche works.
Our minds even as structured as they could be operate on reality principles. We might be carried away by the quest to gratify our ‘ID’ simply because we are in pains, we are depressed, we are in trauma; hence drinking, smoking, stealing, committing rape, and in extremes to lynch others as it has happened some days ago in the South West part of our country. These pleasure principles are certainly to satisfy the gratification of the ‘ID’.
When we are faced with a scenario where our ‘little mind’ is telling us not to drink, not to kill, not to steal, not to commit suicide, then the ego is working to regulate the nexus of thought processing between the ‘ID’ and the ‘super ego’. The ‘super ego ‘speaks for morality and decency even when we are in a quagmire of learned helplessness.
Our poverty, our frustration, the economic deprivation, expose us the more to grant the agitations of our ‘ID’. Due to the factors mentioned in this piece, many individuals in Nigeria seem to have what I refer to as the ‘plurality mind-set’ with the ‘ID’ dominantly in control.
Let’s learn to know and work with our mind-sets positively, God bless us all.
Evans BinanDami is Clinical psychologist, researcher and writer. He could be reached via:
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