What is The Ego and How Does It Control Your Life Experience?

The ego is an almost conscious entity in and of itself.

Murray "MJ" Blehart
7 min readMar 8, 2023


The ego is a construct
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The concept of the ego, as most people are familiar with, originated from Sigmund Freud in 1923. In his paper, The Ego and the Id, he laid out what has become a major foundation for psychoanalysis that’s still applied today.

To summarize (probably poorly), Freud’s concept of the ego was focused on the self — between the fun-loving and impulsive Id and the spiritual and ethereal Superego.

Freud’s take on the ego is not the origin of the word. It comes from the Latin, meaning “I”. In metaphysics, around the early 1700s, ego came to define the thinking — feeling — acting — self.

As I’ve studied and explored numerous avenues of mindfulness, conscious reality creation, and the subconscious and conscious minds, I’ve developed my own definition of ego.

But to properly define it, let’s look at how everyone is of 2 minds to begin with.

The conscious and subconscious minds

Everyone has both a conscious and a subconscious mind. (There’s a good argument for an Unconscious mind, too. But it’s almost entirely inaccessible to us, so not relevant here).



Murray "MJ" Blehart

I explore mindfulness, positivity, philosophy, & conscious reality creation. I love to help & inspire. And I also write sci-fi/fantasy. http://www.mjblehart.com