Id, ego and super-ego are the three parts of the psychic apparatus defined in Sigmund Freud's structural model of the psyche. According to this model, the Id is the set of uncoordinated instinctual trends, the Ego is the organized, realistic part, and the Super-Ego plays the critical and moralizing role. While Super-Ego can stop you from doing certain things that your Id may want you to do, the Ego performs a balancing act between these two parts of the psyche, in order to cope with reality.

The Ego serves three severe masters: the external world, the Super-Ego and the Id.

The Ego comprises the organized part of the personality structure that includes defensive, perceptual, cognitive, and executive functions. These functions include judgment, tolerance, reality testing, control, planning, defense, synthesis, and memory. They all help us to organize our thoughts; and make sense of our inner world and the world around us.

What a gracious act of psychic funambulism must the Ego perform, to accomplish the simple task of keeping us sane.

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