Anno was obviously heavily inspired on Freud to make the series, there were too many things in there that a freudian would recognize immediately (which I can't really say what they are, since I don't remember them ).
Also, episodes are called things like "Mother Is The First Other" (According to Freud male children fell in love with their mothers) and "Thanatos" which was Freud's term for the 'Death Instinct'. The Hedgehog's dilemma was often mentioned by Freud (although not his own creation iirc), and internal conflict forms a large part of Freud's theories. It's quite feasible that the three pilots represent the three parts of the mind (according to Freud), with Asuka as the 'Id', Shinji as the 'Ego' and Rei as the 'Superego'.
Psychology is such an interesting topic .
Edited by Bibly, 25 January 2007 - 07:47 AM.