Erikson's Ego Theory

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Ego is part of a personality that mediates the demands of the identity, the superego and reality. The ego prevents us from acting on our basic urges (created by the identity), but also works to achieve a balance with our moral and idealistic standards (created by the superego). While the ego operates in both the preconscious and conscious its strong ties to the identity means that it also operates in the unconscious state (Anon:2015).
The ego operates based on the reality principle, which works to satisfy the id's desires in a manner that is realistic and socially appropriate. For example, if a person cuts you off in traffic, the ego prevents you from chasing down the car and
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In late adulthood, Erikson said that the central conflict is 'Ego Integrity vs. Despair,' which involves coming to terms with one's life. Like Gia, many older adults reflect back on their lives and what they managed to accomplished. Coming to terms with those things is the conflict that Erikson…show more content…
This interview for me was important because it would help establish a true sense of an ideological foundation, and subsequently demonstrate how it may be addressed by a natural scientific or technological intervention.
In a scientific world it helps us understand that elderly people are the one holding the wise knowledge and we should learn from them, by listening to what they are saying and applying their advice. I’ve learned a lesson that most elderly people are patient display integrity by having hope for the future and no regret about the past.
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