Greek philosophers pictured our psychology as a charioteer trying to control and balance three spirited horses. Freud saw us as composed of three elements: the drives from the unconscious (the id), the ego and the superego which sits in cantankerous judgement over us. We are told we are complex beings in an interdependent system. Managing the pressures, reconciling, harmonising and balancing them is the secret of our happiness.
There are always apparent conflicts: between work and leisure, family and friends, body, mind and soul, conscious and unconscious, optimism and pessimism etc. It is up to us to find equilibrium between them. If we let the scales go too far one way we have to correct them. Like a skater on the ice, we can only advance by balance.
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