Freudian thinking posits the ego as independent of other drives; tasked with self preservation and dealing with the demands of reality.
The principle of ‘reality’ is arguably subjective; considering risk, making ‘appropriate’ decisions. In conflict with ‘phantasies’ – perhaps an underlying, ever present tension?
So how do we satisfy need? By learning to develop a ‘healthy ego’ – understanding the early foundations of personality and how to develop a mature personality; rooted in reality and (where appropriate) able to move fluidly to meet the needs of the psyche.
Sparked your interest? The counselling room offers a safe and contained space for you to explore and shape a new understanding. To arrange an initial meeting, please feel free to contact me.