Here is the last post I have planned designed explicitly to explain and introduce myself before I move on to matters that I'm sure you will all find immensely more helpful or interesting, or completely irrelevant depending on my mood. In this post I would like to address something you've surely noticed by now (especially if you've read my comments) and that is my seemingly dual personality. I admit that I refer to Free and Cage as entities almost separate from myself, but this really isn't an accurate portrayal of our relationship, I am neither schizophrenic, nor do I have multiple personalities.
In fact the best way I can think to define our relationship is through Sigmund Freud's structural model of the psyche. This identifies the three main aspects of the human psyche: The Id, The Ego, and The Superego. I view my personality as an extreme manifestation of these aspects, most people are only ever aware of their Ego the middleman who decides weather the Superego or the Id takes precedence, I however am hyper aware of both my Id (Cage) and my Superego (Free). While many only hear one part of themselves at a time, I am constantly listening to all three, and because I am so actively aware of each of my extremes I have a tendency to act on either edge of the spectrum. This can explain how I am so ordered, sometimes even compulsively so in some of my interactions, and how I snap so easily. If you were to visit Cage's site you would notice quite clearly the differences in our styles and even take note of how he is substantially less coherent. However, that is more than enough rambling on my part, lets take a look at how exactly Freud divides the psyche (I'd like to take this last chance to note that while this is not a perfect parallel, most of what I will be discussing in the next paragraph will line up with my own mentalities.)
Freud believed that within each of us remained an animal instinct, a part of our minds fueled only by the need to survive and our own concerns. The Id is a chaotic faction of our minds, driving us to pursue pleasure, comfort, and safety if need be. It is driven by impulses, easily distracted, but completely amoral (not immoral, there is a difference), if allowed to have complete control the Id would have no objection to taking any path that brought it greater joy, regardless of the expense to others, or even the long term safety of itself (although, once again, its own immediate safety takes precedence over all else.)
However Freud also believed that mankind (and mankind alone) had developed a higher level of reasoning and altruism. The Superego, he theorized, was responsible for all of our moral guidance, a facet of our mind that protected our long term interests by making itself conform to society's roles and expectations. Of course, the Superego will always pursue perfection and self actualization, it is responsible for our conscience and a desire to sacrifice for the greater good.
The final aspect of the human psyche as seen by Freud was the Ego, which acted as a middleman between the often contradictory natures of the Id and Superego. It was the Ego's job, Freud rationalized, to find ways to please the Id without endangering the Superego's moral compass or goals for long term growth. Of the three, the Ego is believed to exert the most cconsciousness and is the part of the mind where our actual thoughts take place.
Now that we've covered this I'd like to throw up a little fun fact about Freud: despite being a very significant and influential physiologist, Freud was also well known for being a sexist pervert, and quite egotistical as well.
See you around
Side note: Another blogger, Robin, actually noticed how I presented myself this way before I made this post, and while I would like to point out that I had actually been thinking about myself this way since I took psychology in High School, I am quite impressed that he caught on so quickly. Therefore three bonus points are awarded to Robin, congratulations on this quite useless reward.