Superego meaning

so͝opər-ēgō
In psychoanalytic theory, the division of the unconscious that is formed through the internalization of moral standards of parents and society and that censors and restrains the rest of the psyche.
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(psychoanalysis) That part of the psyche which is critical of the self or ego and enforces moral standards: at an unconscious level it blocks unacceptable impulses of the id.
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The definition of superego is the part of a person's mind, or personality, that tells them how to behave based on learned morals and values. The consicience.

An example of superego is a person deciding to return a wallet containing $200 in cash to its owner.

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(psychoanalysis) The part of the mind that acts as a self-critical conscience, reflecting social standards that have been learnt.
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In Freudian theory, the division of the unconscious that is formed through the internalization of moral standards of parents and society, and that censors and restrains the ego.
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Origin of superego

  • New Latin (translation of German Überich) (über- over, above) (Ich ego) (a special use of ich I, as a psychoanalytic term) Latin super- super- New Latin ego ego ego

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • super +"Ž ego, from earlier form super-ego, calqued after German Ãœber-Ich, from über- (“super-") + Ich (“ego"), from the pronoun ich (“I").

    From Wiktionary