Alter Ego and Doppelgängers

“An alter ego (Latin, “the other I”) is in a second self, which is believed to be distinct from a person’s normal or original personality. A person who has an alter ego is said to lead a double life.”- pretty sure i dont lead a double life guys but i can see where this idea comes from.

The existence of an alter ego was only recognised in the 1700’s by a German physician Anton Mesmer who used hypnosis to separate the alter ego. These experiments showed a behavior pattern that was distinct from the personality of the individual when he was in the waking state compared to when he was under hypnosis. The idea of an Alter ego is also used to refer to the different behaviors any person may display in certain situations. Related concepts include avatar, doppelgänger, impersonator, and split personality. When you read that i guess it sounds a bit crazy right? As someone who considers them self to have an alter ego i think it sounds a bit mental and i’m a bit apprehensive because it just seems to me like its taking something i always thought was a good thing like a form of escapism and is being turned into “you sound a bit crazy”. But it also got me thinking about all the other double life/ alter ego scenarios we read about all the time. Like ‘Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde’ , most comic book heros like Superman or Spider man! Basically the whole Marvell and DC universe’s even some preforming artists like ‘Kiss’ and David Bowie’s ‘Ziggy Stardust’ and “The Thin White Duke’ and Marilyn Manson. These are all prime examples of Alter egos and i dont think any of these people would say that becoming these other people would say its bad or in the least bit crazy like the previous statement i feel makes it out to be. I do however find it interesting that the word ‘Doppelgänger’ is used when talking about Alter egos. A Doppelgänger is usually shown as a bad thing, like when you see your own doppelgänger its a omen for death! Or if it is seen by a close friend of family member it is ment to be a sign for very bad luck! In modern vernacular it is simply any double or look-alike of a person. It also describes the sensation of having glimpsed yourself in peripheral vision or a parallel world ,in a position where there is no chance that it could have been a reflection. “Doppelgängers often are perceived as a sinister form of bilocation and are regarded by some to be harbingers of bad luck” – Brilliant apparently mine was seen in Birmingham last year. I am a firm believer of Doppelgängers so i find it interesting that they are linked to alter egos, but it could also answer why my alter ego is abit gothic i guess. I had type in good old google to see what it would come up with when i typed in Doppelgängers and it came up with this interesting blog about celebrity Doppelgängers and to be honest some of them are insanely good and abit creepy.


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