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The oceanic feeling

Our present ego-feeling is, therefore, only a shrunken residue of a much more inclusive—indeed, all-embracing—feeling which corresponded to a more intimate bond between the ego and the world about it. If we may assume that there are many people in whose mental life this primary ego-feeling has existed to a greater or less degree, it would exist in them side-by-side with the narrower and more sharply demarcated ego-feeling of maturity, like a kind of counterpart to it. In that case, the ideational concepts appropriate to it would be precisely those of limitlessness and of a bond with the universe—the same ideas with which my friend elucidated the ‘oceanic’ feeling.

Sigmund Freud, Civilization and Its Discontents

Imaad Wasif with Two Part Beast — Oceanic
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Garrett Dash Nelson

June 1st, 2008 at 11:11 am