chapter  6
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Freud and the super-ego

Naturally the libido’s object is especially important and when it is built into the ego it has a far greater influence than other objects. The process of building in objects and impressions leads to the ego reacting to new situations in certain characteristic ways. If the super-ego is so incompatible with other parts of the ego which are used to giving gratification then the super-ego is itself repressed from consciousness, but none the less continues its functions most of the time. The child at a very early age becomes afraid of its own aggression towards its love-objects and learns to avoid its expression. The function of the ego is to form a series of paths by which id impulses can be discharged in accordance with the reality principle. Delayed impulses are held waiting consciously in the ego, awaiting an opportunity of expression.