Excerpt About Ego

Ego Structure as a Whole is a Substitute for the Personal Essence

The separation-individuation process leads ultimately to the development of the ego as a structure. Its final phase is that of object constancy, when the ego is formed and established as a permanent existence, separate from the environment (mother), and other people are seen to have separate existences. Finally, the ego is structured and developed, and the child permanently experiences himself as having a separate identity. The ego is seen here in a central position because everything else is really part of its structure. The ego is the product of the child's development. Something similar happens in essential development. We should recall here that each part of the personality is an imitation of and a substitute for an aspect of essence. The ego structure as a whole is a substitute for a central aspect of essence, which has a central position similar to that of the ego. This central aspect of essence is what we call the personal essence; in Work literature it is usually called “the pearl beyond price.” Some authors, such as the Sufi Alaoddawleh Semnani, have called it the “True Ego”

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