When people discover their inner worlds, they would feel different psyches inside. According to the human psyche conception of Sigmund Freud, there are three kinds of psyches in human minds. They are the id, ego, and super-ego, representing instinct, reality, and morality.

What is worth noticing is the relationship between the ego and id. While the ego is the part people know most because it is generally conscious, the id is the most mysterious, because it is enormous and completely subconscious. Also, they talk because the ego is a

mediator between the id and the real world. However, while the role of the ego is widely appreciated, the id is always repressed and demonized, because it is considered as a collection of human darkness.

It has been found that the id, the dark side, can have more positive aspects. Being called “shadow” by Carl Jung, the id also shows vitality, creativity, spirit, and prodigious powers. When the id is profoundly repressed, it leads to tragedies such as neurosis, psychosis, and violence. Once people take the advantages of the id, it would provide humans with creativity, passion, and powerful intuition. Thus, the id and ego both conflict and rely on each other. Since they are influencing people’s inner world, it is crucial to gain a better understanding of the relationship between the id and the ego.

This project is an animation with the environment to talk about such a complementary relationship. In the short narrative animation, the two main characters are a girl and a mysterious creature representing the ego and the id. They might hide, meet, fight, and then integrate. Metaphors will be widely used in this story to show their relationship. Although other works show the id as a simple devil stereotype, this short animation indicates the complexity of the id and emphasizes its positive aspect. In order to impress audiences, an exhibition would be created to show the film.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Computer animation--Themes, motives; Computer animation--Technique; Animated films--Themes, motives; Animation (Cinematography); Id (Psychology); Ego (Psychology)

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Visual Communication Design (MFA)

Department, Program, or Center

School of Design (CAD)


Mike Strobert

Advisor/Committee Member

Marla Schweppe

Advisor/Committee Member

Stephanie Maxwell


RIT – Main Campus

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