Tag Archives: superego

Discovering meaning is not the same as attaining prophecy

I was recently part of a discussion on the blog onthederech. I want to invite you to read that post and the discussion thread there. I will post here the back and forth after the initial post. Why don’t you … Continue reading

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A link to the transcendent

Superego operates within the psyche. It makes demands. The person responds to its demands like an object. Conscience evokes the human capacity to transcend the psychic level and it illuminates transcendent meaning. Frankl posits that there is a religious sense … Continue reading

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Conscience can be recognized

Superego is an oppositional force. The id wants to do one thing, the superego dictates quite another and the ego sits in between, helplessly confused. The tug of war is at times unbearable. In contrast conscience can be recognized as … Continue reading

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Voice of conscience or superego

The crux of what sets the voice of conscience apart from superego is its transcendent origin. What does this “voice” say? What is its significance? What is the result of listening to it? The voice of conscience is comes from … Continue reading

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Conscience in values

Let’s say someone diverts my water supply to their house. The higher level of usage raises the rate, unfairly upping my bill. If I fail to pay it, is “paying bills” still an objective, immutable, absolute value for me? Yes! … Continue reading

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Conscience is a matter of free choice

In my understanding, Frankl’s differentiation between conscience and superego is that conscience is a truly human vehicle; a hallmark of meaning and free choice. Through conscience, we detect and evaluate the meaning of our behavior in any given life situation; … Continue reading

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Conscience defined

The concept of conscience is at the heart of Logotherapy, the mechanism which enables a person to become attuned to that which is the “main concern” of a human being: meaning. It is to be distinguished from the Freudian concept … Continue reading

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