Previously, superego is worldview.
I had a realization a couple of days ago that a mental “flow” state is a shortcut in the OODA loop, where Observe->Orient->Decide->Act is reduced to Observe->Act.
One of the things people report about this state is a feeling of disassociation, as if they are merely watching themselves act. This is the feeling of removing the “Decide” step after years of training until mastery is reached. A person’s conscious mind merely observes because the id is no longer necessary to make decisions for the task—all choices are too obvious to a master to even bother. There’s a saying that goes “An amateur practises until he can do a thing right, a professional until he can’t do it wrong.” The purpose of training is to repeat a skill until it becomes automatic. It is then a habitual behavior rather than an action, and the definition of a habit is that it takes more mental energy/willpower to resist the behavior than to perform it.
Another important trait of a master is that he understands, within the confines of his discipline, that there is nothing new under the sun. Situations and problems that seem novel to others are trivial variations of things he’s seen many times. This is the element of experience (which breaks down further into quantity, mental engagement, and diversity). Experience yields the ability to quickly and effortlessly perceive an entire situation in terms of existing mental categories. For example, a beginner to Judo is caught up in a whirlwind of novel stimuli like the smell of the training mats, the personalities of new acquaintances, and the pain of crushing his balls in a lazy breakfall. Accumulating enough experiences that nothing is new is where the “Orient” (superego) step drops out of the OODA loop.
An expert in a skill may have a master’s level of training and experience, but what characterizes a master is the seamless integration of training and experience. Consistent access of the mental flow state, Observe->Act->Observe->Act->etc., is the proof and trademark of mastery.