- Something that is holding you back from the enjoyment of life. One side of a conflicted self. A little picture perspective that mistakes your own reflection for those you perceive as others. Interpreting life in terms of opposites. Higher or lower. Good or bad. Us or them. The root of your own arrogance. The potential for hate. Related in this way to Sub-human. If we do exist as multiple parts or versions of a self, then the ego might be seen as the awareness in the front of our minds. We all have this aspect to our make-up. It is when we forget that very thing that ego becomes a problem. When we forget that time is a mirror, and then forget that we forget. The term ego was adopted by Sigmund Freud as one of three parts to the self he defined as the id, ego and super ego.