Psych M.D. – Ego


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Term:Ego
Definition (Myers):the largely conscious, "executive" part of personality that, according to Freud, mediates among the demands of the id, superego, and reality. The ego operates on the reality principle, satisfying the id's desires in ways that will realistically bring pleasure rather that pain.
Definition (alternative):The Ego comprises that organized part of the personality structure which includes defensive, perceptual, intellectual-cognitive, and executive functions. Conscious awareness resides in the ego, although not all of the operations of the ego are conscious. The ego separates what is real. It helps us to organize our thoughts and make sense of them and the world around us. According to Freud,
...The ego is that part of the id which has been modified by the direct influence of the external world ... The ego represents what may be called reason and common sense, in contrast to the id, which contains the passions ... in its relation to the id it is like a man on horseback, who has to hold in check the superior strength of the horse; with this difference, that the rider tries to do so with his own strength, while the ego uses borrowed forces [Freud, The Ego and the Id (1923)]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Id,_ego,_and_super-ego
Contextual explanation:According to Freud, Ego is the guy who is in middle of Superego and Id. He is realistic and what he says is what we decide to do most of times.
Related terms and concepts: Superego
Id
Unconscious
Psych M.D. – Ego - The Neuron
Related websites: http://webspace.ship.edu/cgboer/freud.html
http://www.mythosandlogos.com/Freud.html
Edited by: Min



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