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The Concept of Ego Development

The concept of ego development has roots in ancient Greek, Hebrew, and Hindu cultures: Contrary to common belief, it did not originate with Freud or with later psychoanalysts. Psychoanalysis, in fact, originated in part as a rebellion against 19th-century ego psychology. Freud (1926/1959) consciously avoided using the term ego; he preferred words chosen from common speech to those of Latin origin, a preference that was ignored by his translators.