“The id, ego, and superego are the names for the three parts of the human personality which are part of Sigmund Freud’s psychoanalytic mind,” the psychology professor said.
“Freud said these three parts combine to create the complex behavior of human beings. The id is the primitive and instinctual part of the mind that contains sexual and aggressive drives and hidden memories. The ego,” he continued, “is the realistic part of the mind that mediates between the raw desires of the id and the superego.”
The professor paused for a moment and then asked, “Who can tell us what the superego is?”
Mark raised his hand, and when the professor called on him, Mark rose and said, “Donald Trump is the superego.”
“Well, this is awkward,” the professor said. “Actually, Mark, the superego is the component of personality composed of our internalized ideals that we have acquired from our parents and society. The superego works to suppress the urges of the id and tries to make the ego behave morally, rather than realistically. So Donald Trump may be many things, but he definitely does not operate like the mind’s moral compass.”
“So,” another student said, “Donald Trump is all id and no superego, since he is totally without morals.”
“I cannot abide by these baseless insults to the man who serves as the President of the United States,” said a student in the back of the class wearing a red MAGA hat. The student gathered his books and papers, stood up, and defiantly walked out of the classroom.
“Don’t worry,” the professor said to the rest of the class. “This whole situation we find ourselves in with Donald Trump is reversible. All we have to do is vote for the Democratic candidates in November and it will be a blow to Donald Trump’s overblown ego, which, by the way, is not the same as a superego.”
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