Yes, human beings are built and shaped by natural and social forces that are not necessarily in sync with one another. The pressures on us are relentless. We are constantly confronted with conflicting claims about what is right, good, etc., and our appetites and passions have their way with us. However, though a retreat to the psychologistic universe may seem to provide a respite from the facts of life, the dualism is actually painful.
This is not to say that merging the image and the being is the answer to all of life’s challenges. Autonomous living calls for a set of cognitive and communicative skills and we are apt not to succeed at that for which we are not genuinely qualified.
In some cases, we have the being; we can create discipline projects (study, practice, performance, incremental progress) that move us from behavior that is not a match for the challenge to behavior that is. In other cases, the image is out of reach for us and we should adjust our representations to others and ourselves accordingly. Either way, we have exercised the power of autonomy.
It may be, at first, hard to accept that we’re not, in fact, somehow magically better than everyone else when it comes to the things that “count” on the Scoreboard. However, the truth does, in fact, set us free from the antagonism and anxiety that fester in the mismanaged ego-function.