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In its relation to the id, the ego is like a man on horseback, who has to hold in check the superior strength of the horse; with this difference, that the rider tries to do so with his own strength while the ego uses borrowed forces. The analogy may be carried a little further. Often a rider, if he is not to be parted from his horse, is obliged to guide it where it wants to go; so in the same way the ego is in the habit of transforming the id’s will into action as if it were its own.

from The Ego and the Id, by Sigmund Freud

 

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The Ego and the Id by Sigmund Freud, W.W. Norton and Company, 1960. I like the drawing. Did Freud draw it? I guess he must have. I am too lazy to find out. I can only read Freud in little pieces. And I can’t read him without thinking he must have been high on coke when he was writing. Maybe that’s why he is more interesting to me from afar. In theory. I like to look at the spines of his books in the bookstore and think vague thoughts. That’s close enough. See the movie, and tell me how it was.

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