Excerpt About Ego Functions
Of course, object relations theorists would not necessarily say that one needs to establish new mental representations to learn such skill. But they do apparently assume that the capacity for learning is the result of already existing individuation, and hence is dependent on already existing psychic structures. This is in fact what is meant by the ego functions being organized within the structure of ego. We need an understanding that includes a process of integration of functioning that is not contrary to the nature of experience of Being. This understanding is made possible by certain experiences and perceptions encountered in the process of the inner realization of Being, which can be stated in the form of an hypothesis that explains how it is possible to learn new skills and functions without needing ego structures. The hypothesis is that one can absorb a skill so well that all memory, conscious and unconscious, becomes unnecessary. It becomes, so to speak, part of one’s being. The body and mind can become so adapted to the skill, that it resembles instinctual capacity. Our suggestion is that this capacity of integration and learning must be included as one of the apparatuses of primary autonomy, that it is an inborn human capacity. The implication is that this capacity, although it needs ego development to begin functioning under normal circumstances, is already part of the potential of the human organism and is not the product of ego development.