Psychological Analysis

By: Lauren Gellner

Do any of the characters correspond to the triparte self (ID, ego, & superego)?

Text 1

In "Oedipus the King" many texts exhibit the triparte self. For example, when Laius tries to kill Oedipus he was focusing more on the ID or instinctive part of the brain because if he focused more on the superego, or the part of the brain that distinguishes between right and wrong, he probably would not have tried to kill his own son.

Text 2

Another example from "Oedipus the King" is when Oedipus goes to find his birth mother. This example shows a more ID or instinctive side of Oedipus now, but more in a young child trying to find its mother kind of way, not crazy man trying to kill his son way.

Text 3

In the poem "Scars" the father tended to drink a lot, which again is another example of ID. The father in "Scars" drinks to hide his emotions from his family so they don't see the agony he is in due to his divorce from his wife.

Picture 1

This is a picture of a baby throwing a tantrum. This is without a doubt an ID reaction because as a baby his/her parents have not been able to teach the child right from wrong and therefore it can not be a superego reaction.

Video/song 1

The writer of this song, Sara Bareillies, wrote this song when she figures out that her boyfriend is only going out with her so she makes him a love song. So she decides to write him this song to show that nobody can use her like that and get away with it. This shows a very superego side of her assuming that her parents taught her at a young age that no one should be able to take advantage of you for any reason.


In the song "Counting Stars" the singer states, "I feel something so wrong when doing the right thing." Which shows both the ID and Superego parts of the triparte self. ID being that he feels that he wants to do one thing but then his superego takes over and tells him to the other thing, being the right thing to do, justifying why he put these words as part of the lyrics.

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