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Concept and What is: Alter ego | Psychology

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The alter ego of a person, in a strict analysis, is an ' other self ', an alternate personality of someone. This expression comes from the Latin ' alter ', which means other, i.e. a different me. You can find this term in the literature, both interpretations of literary works, as in psychology.

You can literally define the alter as the identity fictional being hidden or as an artifice of the author of a book to reveal to the reader in the shoes of a character, discreetly and indirect. In General he introduces many of the features of its creator, which can be discovered in a deeper analysis.

Psychologically this expression refers to a I that lies in unconsciousness. This concept is related to face the unknown angle of the secret identity of a person, while the ego, in contrast, is defined as the fraction of the shallow mind, populated by ideas, reasonings, emotions.

Another connotation of the alterego concerns the existence of a friend so close, loyal and intimate, it's impossible to get away from him. In it the individual trusts and see yourself reflected in this person. Which means that it is able to elect him their representative at all, really believing that he will act as he would do in certain situations.

This situation is usually the political means, because a ruler almost always has like alterego an aide that predominates among others, and which can thus handle gracefully any tasks which your leader you delegates, like himself.

When other people look at us, perceive through the senses what we are, which fractionates, divides us, because then it is possible to find the personality and also what the person does not reveal about yourself, i.e. your hidden persona choice or the alter.

Everyone should, therefore, every moment, try to build again, to unite its various faces, and build a whole. Where is then the alterego, between these various divisions of the psyche? Precisely in the deepest being, usually the face in which other people really trust.

Several scientific spheres seek to understand this psychic instance. Physics, biology, theology, philosophy and psychology have already performed some advances in this direction, raising always the eternal question addressed by man throughout history – who are we?

In the literature it is possible to find several famous alter-egos-Batman, Bruce Wayne's alter ego; Spider-man, Peter Parker's alter ego; Hulk, Bruce Banner's alter ego; Clark Kent, Superman's alter ego, represents a reversal in the history of superheroes, because in this case there is no hero embedded in a common, but a truly heroic character who hides by creating a fictional human. Here is the journalist who represents the alterego of a hero, and not the other way around.

Some famous alter-egos are the writers related controversial Bernardo Soares and Álvaro de Campos, who dispute among themselves the position of Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa's alter ego; Emilia, hidden personality of Monteiro Lobato; Gregor Samsa, alterego of Franz Kafka; Tom Bombadil, the secret I of j. r. r. Tolkien, among many other alters.
Translated for educational purposes.
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