The I versus the Ego
by Åsa Wohlin
This book is a result of annotations during a time of 30 years and is mostly built on own experiences.
The origin was an elementary 5-dimensional model of the reality, born so to speak in the crossroads between psychology and physics of those days. (It seems to me that the model in all its simplicity has many points in common with advanced physical theories of later decades.)
Hence, elementary features of psychology are connected with what appears as common patterns in the natural sciences and their descriptions of the world.
The interpretations depart from "the I" and "the Ego" as opposite forces or directions out of the entirety of a human and her surrounding world, forces connected with the opposition between psychological pain and "angst", and they describe consequences in close I-Ego-relations and in society.
The mix-up between the I and the Ego seems rather widespread, especially among psychologists by profession. And how does the Ego come up? On that point the learned disagree.
The disagreement is also essential on which view on human beings that should underlie construction of societies.
Thus, the book has been a book about the principles of equality and inequality too - and about ethics, good and evil and what makes up the foundation of these concepts.
The second part of the book deals among other things with some of the most commonly used psychological concepts and the opposite double meaning they have, which makes such psychologization rather difficult to endure.
What does people mean with the Swedish word "självkänsla" that in English should be something like "self-feeling"? There is not even a word for it in English where the official translation "self-esteem" points to a high estimation of the own self. The Swedish concept means two different things for the I and the Ego - as do concepts as strength and weakness, freedom, responsibility etceteras.
The book doesn't contain much of references or "scholarship". The imagined readers were ordinary people like myself with similar difficulties to understand their fellow creatures of opposite kinds.
There are many simple drawings as explanations to the text of a kind that I call geometrical, a word that may scare off some people even if the drawings are very easily understood.
Character of the book may be more clear, reading the titles of chapters:
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