Superego and Will to Dominate Over Ego

A Synthetic Approach to Ideology Through Encapsulated Skin-Ego

  • Ahmad-Reza Mohammadpour-Yazdi Sigmund Freud University Vienna
  • Martin Jandl Sigmund Freud University Vienna

Abstract


The study of superego and ideology within the context of bodily ego and skin as a psychic wrapping is vital to understanding the intersubjective aspects of those individuals who are living in a mal-attuned or extreme situation. This paper investigates superego’s will to dominate over the skin-ego to satisfy the id by itself and takes an intermediate position between id and external reality. The authors further attempt is to conceptualize superego formation in a skin model of ego development in a synthetic way and redefine ideology within the context of this conceptualization. The term Encapsulated Skin-Ego may explain how when the skin-ego is dysfunctional, a certain part of superego comes into being a psychic wrapping instead of the skin-ego and has left its developmental position. Consequently, the skin-ego takes refuge in the encapsulated skin-ego to be secure. In addition, ideology has a hegemonic character and wishes to control social symbols to continue its domination over people’s minds and bodies. Ideology tries to encapsulate the skin-ego and deprive it of natural sensations to lead it to an isolated corner ultimately to suppress the thinking ego. Two-case studies present the psychoanalytic application of the authors’ ideas.    

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Published
18-Nov-2019
How to Cite
Mohammadpour-Yazdi, A.-R., & Jandl, M. (2019). Superego and Will to Dominate Over Ego. Language and Psychoanalysis, 8(2), 1-19. https://doi.org/10.7565/landp.v8i2.1604