Dealing With Impulses From the #Id
For a corporate entity to flourish, the domain of the individual cannot be divorced from the domain of the organization at any cost, because the cost of doing so is prohibitively expensive over the course of a successful corporation’s normal 100 year life cycle.
Ignoring this simple, time-tested and proven axiom of industrial psychology puts YOUR corporate entity into IMMEDIATE jeopardy, and subjects the future of your organization to a pre-mature death via Chapter 7 liquidation, or worse, to the whims and vagaries of a hostile takeover of both board and management.
Increasing pressure on individual surface motivations perceived to be the ‘hot buttons’ of productivity more often than not conflict with the psychological needs and goals of the individual so oppressed, the so called “deep emotional components of motivation”.
Ultimately, a commitment to an ideal must be imbued covertly and then reflected back from within the individual to abundantly achieve overt organizational goals.
The Three Stages of Adulthood
- Intimacy (ages 21 to 35)
- Generativity (ages 35 to 55)
- Integrity (ages 55 to 100)
The Two Primative Energy Sources of Personality
- The Constructive Drive or ‘Eros’ (sex) and,
- The Desctructive Drive or ‘Thanatos’ (aggression)
Where is our all encompassing ‘id’ located, you may ask?
The ‘id’ is our psychological storehouse of experience and the seat of our two complimentary primative energy sources, the ‘Eros’ and the ‘Thanatos’.
Inside of our ‘id’ or self-consciousness, the ‘super-ego’ dominates.
The ‘super-ego’ is derived from the type of culture we are reared up in plus our ideal self-image of ourselves…our ‘ego-ideal’.
We also have our own ‘traffic cop’ or ‘good angel’ within our ‘id’, the ‘better angels of our nature’ as Lincoln called them, that draw upon the many cultural rules and regulations that become promulgated by society and incorporated into our psychic.
This ‘id’ is where we store in the unconscious, irrational feelings of guilt that long ago become entombed, yet one day may surface again under the stress of the ‘simple-ego’.
The ‘simple-ego’ has to consult the ‘super-ego’ for confirmation before acting upon an impulse received from one of the two primative energy sources, the ‘Eros’ or the ‘Thanatos’.
By way of the ‘simple-ego’, most of our higher brain functions are performed ie.) memory imaging and retention, perception, judgment, memory recall, attention, conceptual thinking, abstract thinking, reception, organization, interpretation of stimuli from the senses probing both the internal psychological world of the ‘super-ego’ and the external physiological world of our planet and universe.
Maintaining Psychological Equilibrium
The anxiety of real or perceived future change is a powerful motivating force that acts spontaneously upon the ‘simple-ego’ for reconciliation of such emotive fears.
However, when the ‘super-ego’ has no outlet to sublimate or displace, it can and will attack the ‘simple-ego’.
Is it our goal in life simply to expend our unrecoverable years developing ‘Performance Appraisal Systems’ (PAS) that meet or exceed our expectation of harmonic congruity as codified by our ‘Management by Objectives’ (MBO) manifestos?
Take a hit of your water bong and I’ll see you at the next article where we investigate together the further psychological anomalies of living large in the 21st century.
Source: The Psychology of Leadership by Harry Levinson, 2006, Harvard Business School Publishing, Boston, MA 02163, ISBN 13: 978-1-4221-0205-3
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