Another important component of ego development is that of identity. Part of the template includes images of self and other. Initially these are fantastical, fluid, and often partially fused. Gradually the child’s internal representations of self and other become more realistic and separate [In states of psychosis there is a regression to more unrealistic and fused representations]. The child must identify with the images provided by the family and culture – and these include many details and nuances of familial, cultural, religious, and racial identities. Insofar as these are entirely dependent on a particular location in geography, culture, and time – and therefore draw upon whatever is available, and perhaps forcefully imposed, in the immediate socio-cultural environment – these identifications are all essentially false. They are necessary illusions, required to function in the socio-cultural world – but they are inherently limiting. These illusions are woven with narratives and beliefs about our lives, our history, and our possible future – which are also limiting.