"I never talked about Egos and Ids with Doctor Nolan"
A book by Freud
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The Ego and the Id are theoretical concepts put forward by the Austrian neurologist, and founding-father of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud.

The ego is the name given to the organised, logical part of the mind, which is in touch with 'reality'; the id to the primitive, instinctual part of the mind, which is operative, for example, when we are dreaming.

Here Esther Greenwood is making the very valid point that although the ego and the id may be important theoretical concepts in psychoanalysis and some forms of psychotherapy, they would not normally form part of the discussion between client/patient and therapist/analyst.