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superego

Line breaks: super|ego
Pronunciation: /suːpərˈiːɡəʊ
 
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Definition of superego in English:

noun (plural superegos)

Psychoanalysis
The part of a person’s mind that acts as a self-critical conscience, reflecting social standards learned from parents and teachers: the father is the model for the superego [as modifier]: true schizophrenias lack the superego elements present in paranoia Compare with ego and id.
More example sentences
  • Normally, if I wanted to rob a bank, the superego or conscience would force a delay, and the trigger is the anxiety [I would feel] in anticipation of doing something wrong.
  • This sense of conscience-whether individually internalized or mandated by a collective consciousness-forces the superego to engage in battle with the harsh aggressiveness that the ego would like to inflict upon others.
  • Freud approaches this situation by way of the model of the primeval id set against the cultivations of the superego; Marcuse counterpoints the libidinous Eros impulse against the regulating structures of Civilisation.

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