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Qxd 10/31/2006 10:48 AM Page 25 Id, Ego, Superid, and Superego 25 the person assumes responsibility for these problems, he will go on to address them with a developing superego. If he avoids self-consciousness and blames others for the unwanted conditions, he will instead flatter and indulge his recumbent unselfconscious self. Unselfconscious people have no superego. Although it is usually substantially shaped by socialization, the superego may arise or consolidate power in a slowly dawning realization of the opportunities possible through steadiness and intelligence.

I refer to this other form of selfcontrol as the superid. The superid is essentially the same emotional action as that of the id, only reflexive. The superid is the consummatory analog to the superego. The superid imposes manners and styles of life on the id and ego. The superid operates by pursuing an attractive and avoiding an unattractive self-image, an image of how one might act or be. Like the superego, the superid is able to guide action to consistency, only here the consistency is aesthetic and imagebased rather than rational and conceptual.

1951b. Toward a General Theory of Action. New York: Harper and Row. Pieper, J. 1963. Leisure: The Basis of Culture. New York: New American Library. Rorty, R. 1979. Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press. Schutz, A. 1967. The Phenomenology of the Social World. Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press. Springer, S. 1998. Left-Brain, Right-Brain. 5th ed. H. Freeman. qxd 10/31/2006 10:47 AM Page 15 2. Levels of Reflexivity Reflexivity The second basic dimension of existential space within which the human is arrayed is the level of reflexivity or self-referentiality of perception, thought, action, and other human phenomena.

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