Monsters from the id

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Updated: August 6, 2020

Monsters from the id are deep rooted motivations that can limit your ability to make good decisions

“Monsters from the id” comes, of course, from the famous 1956 film, “Forbidden Planet” (one of my favorite science fiction films of all time), however the principle comes from Freudian psychology...

The id (which is Latin for “it”) as defined by Sigmund Freud includes the most basic animal drives - motivations that relate to survival - such as hunger or fear. It operates at such a subconscious level so deep that we often don’t even notice that it’s in play.

id monster from Forbidden Planet

Instincts that drive us to eat or flee from danger are obviously beneficial, i.e. not monstrous. However, the id on its own does not make choices or consider consequences and it has the power to be extremely destructive.

The id, much like the Honey Badger, doesn’t care.

The “no idea” monster

Without knowledge, from education or experience, an individual only has gut feeling on which to base their decisions.

The chances of such an individual being successful in abstract contexts as business or finance are not good.

Experience-based monsters

The id is the only aspect of the psyche considered to be in place at birth and although it exists independently of other higher forms of consciousness (ego, super-ego) it is modified by experience over time.

A child may often be hungry but its id has little to go on other than a simplistic desire to eat. The child will put many things in its mouth but only with time & experience will the id begin to favor certain types of food.

Unfortunately, the id is so simplistic it will drive us to the quickest fix which is often not the best choice.

We can categorize experiences as good or bad, however, the labels alone can be misleading:

1. The bad experience monster

When aspects of an experience seem similar to those of a previous experience that turned out to be bad, the instinct will be to avoid or oppose the new experience.

For example, a person may sense that people around them are behaving strangely and impulsively do something drastic when in fact it was only a surprise birthday party that was being concealed.

2. The good experience monster

Sometimes we are strongly motivated towards an experience we instinctively know is going to feel good and by extension we feel comfortable going with the flow towards that experience.

This happy experience often includes not doing things (like work) and can lead to errors such as neglecting due diligence under the pretext of instinctively knowing we are right.

More info

“Freud’s Theory of the Id in Psychology” at verywellmind.com.

“The Crazy Nastyass Honey Badger (original narration by Randall)” on YouTube.

Forbidden Planet (1956) at the IMDB.

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