Tuesday, August 9

Why would we all do well to have an alter ego

  • BBC Radio 4
  • Serie “Sideways”

Girl with drawing of herself

Image source, Getty Images

The idea that one person can harbor two identities has been a fascination for millennia. But it was not until the 19th century that the psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud introduced the concept alter ego in the popular imagination.

Freud thought of the self as a collection of different states of consciousness, each with its own qualities and traits.

Today, the term alter ego is used to describe a second identity, different from everyday life.

But, like our core identities, each alter ego is unique, with its own origin story, its own personality, and character.


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