- The ego does not generally have one single voice, but
many, known as subpersonalities. The ego is the constellation
of these. What you are describing is the activity of a
particular subpersonality in contrast to the others.
Subpersonalities form alliances and divisions based on
their own set of needs and expectations. Thus, one can
single itself out and "speak" against the others if that
one's needs/expectations are not being met.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Tony Osime"
> Hello everyone,me, very
> This is an interesting thread on ego.
> I have a question.
> Has anyone had an "encounter" with his or her ego?
> This is a hard question to ask and explain but let me try.
> I have a sense that our "ego" can operate as a separate entity from our
> normal mind. It can communicate with us when it decides to "step out of
> The model I have of our mind is not one single entity, but a number of
> entities all standing in line, as it were, like a line of soldiers, one
> behind the other. Let us say that the major one is the first one in the
> line. The "ego" to me is one of these soldiers. Occasionally - for
> rarely, it can step out of line and protest.years ago
> The first (and really only) time I experienced this was about 30
> when I was experimenting trying to enter different states ofconsciousness
> as I was falling asleep. I thought it was just innocent fun untilsuddenly a
> voice shouted at me, "stop playing around and let us get some sleep". Isounded
> froze with fear. I had no idea where the "voice" came from. But it
> very familiar in a strange way. I later concluded that it was one of"my"
> voices - I will call it my "ego's voice" because it seemed like myego that
> was talking, or rather protesting. My sense is that protests comefrom the
> Would you say this was an "encounter" with one's ego? Has anyone
> anything like this? I hope I am sane!