- Ego is defined as the view that a person has of himself.
- An example of ego is the way that you look at yourself.
- An example of ego is thinking you are the smartest person on earth.
- the self; the individual as self-aware
- egotism; conceit
- self-esteem; self-respect
- Philos. the self, variously conceived as a spiritual substance on which experience is superimposed, the series of acts and mental states introspectively recognized, etc.
- Psychoanalysis that part of the psyche which experiences the external world, or reality, through the senses, organizes the thought processes rationally, and governs action: it mediates between the impulses of the id, the demands of the environment, and the standards of the superego
Origin: Classical Latin : see I
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noun pl. e·gos
- The self, especially as distinct from the world and other selves.
- In psychoanalysis, the division of the psyche that is conscious, most immediately controls thought and behavior, and is most in touch with external reality.
- a. An exaggerated sense of self-importance; conceit.b. Appropriate pride in oneself; self-esteem.
Origin: New Latin, from Latin, I; see eg in Indo-European roots. Sense 2, translation of German Ich, a special use of ich, I, as a psychoanalytic term.
ego - Cultural Definition
The “I” or self of any person (ego is Latin for “I”). In psychological terms, the ego is the part of the psyche that experiences the outside world and reacts to it, coming between the primitive drives of the id and the demands of the social environment, represented by the superego.
- The term ego is often used to mean personal pride and self-absorption: “Losing at chess doesn't do much for my ego.”
ego - Medical Definition