The conscious and permanent subject of all psychical experiences, whether held to be directly known or the product of reflective thought; the subject consciously considered as "I" by a person; -- opposed to non-ego.
that one of the three parts of a person's psychic apparatus that mediates consciously between the drives of the id and the realities of the external physical and social environment, by integrating perceptions of the external world and organizing the reactions to it. Contrasted with the id and superego.
self-esteem; as, he has an overinflated ego.
In Freudian theory, an aspect of personality that develops during infancy and operates on the reality principle, seeking acceptable means of gratification in dealing with the real world.
A concept used to describe certain mental processes including perception, memory, defenses and sometimes thought of as the rational, cognitive functions of the self.
in Freud's theory, the part of the personality that helps the individual adapt to external reality by making compromises between the id, the superego, and the environment. (444)
That fear based and unnatural aberration of mind which arises to protect personal integrity in a hostile environment. A psychological disease based upon memory and arbitrary assumptions, which is a cause of all the continuing imbalances in human society.
In yoga, the limited sense of "I" that is identified with the body, mind, and senses; sometimes described as "the veil of suffering."
an agency pushed by the id and pulled by the superego, the ego described by Freud is a neurotic structure, not ahealthy one capable of warmth, spontaneity, creativity, and healthy aggression.
In psychodynamic theory, the component of personality that tries to satisfy the wishes of the id while being responsive to the dictates of the superego. go to glossary index
In psychoanalytic theory, the rational part of the personality that mediates between the demands of instinctual urges, conscience, and reality.
A complex within the psyche which constitutes the center of a person's field of consciousness and which appears to possess a high degree of continuity and identity. Jungian psychology speaks of an ego complex, which is both a content and a condition of consciousness.
The human person, considered as possessing a body and mind; the subject of all psychical states, such as perception, thought, judgment, affective and volitional states; self.
Freudian theory divides the psyche into three parts: id, ego and superego. Ego is the self-concept, the mediator between id, the primitive part, and superego, the conscience.
In psychoanalytic theory, the predominantly conscious part of the personality, responsible for decision making and for dealing with reality.
conscious part of the human psyche.
Ego is the conscious image of one's self. When we reflect upon ourselves, the Ego is the image with which we call ourselves. It is also the focal point which objects of perception must relate. It is not the elf in total. Two psychologists, one named Joe and the other Harry developed a model for views of one's self called the Johari window (figure 3). With it they demonstrated two windows of the ego, the side which we show to the public and the side (for whatever reasons) we wish to keep private. There is more to our elf than that, however. There is the side that others see quite easily, and the unknown, both representing the realm of our unconscious. C. G. Jung:"By ego I understand a complex of ideas which constitutes the centre of my field of consciousness and appears to possess a high degree of continuity and identity... But inasmuch as the ego is only the centre of my field of consciousness, it is not identical with the totality of my psyche, being merely one complex among other complexes. I therefore distinguish between the ego and the self, since the ego is only the subject of my consciousness, while the self is the subject of my total psyche which includes the unconscious."
According to Sigmund Freud, the rational, reality-oriented component of personality that imposes restrictions on the innate pleasure-seeking drives of the id.
Freud's term for the part of the unconscious mind that referees between the id and the superego
Self; feeling of I, me, mine. The consciousness in man, as in being aware of himself. Esoteric philosophy teaches the existence of two Egos in man, the mortal or personal, and the higher, the divine or impersonal, calling the former "personality," and the latter "individuality.".
This term was termed by Freud from the Latin word for 'I' to refer to the ordinary self.
that part of the psyche that 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.
The part of the mind that develops from a person's experience of the outside world and is most in touch with external realities.
Theoretical concept describing the internal mental function that enables a person to perceive needs and to adapt to the demands of reality.
(Reber) From the Latin word for I, the ‘I’ or ‘self’ conceptualised as the central core around which all psychic activities revolve.
your consciousness of your own identity
(psychoanalysis) the conscious mind
The portion of personality that is oriented toward reality and external factors.
the will or center of consciousness.
The personality; the visible result of mediation between primitive instinctual drives (the id), and social prohibitions (the superego).
the self as distinguished from others; the one of the three divisions of the psyche (Greek for mind) in psychoanalytic theory that is the organized conscious mediator between the person and reality.
The most conscious area of the psyche, in essence, your 'self' that the world sees first before getting to know the complete 'you'.
The pattern of conditioned habits that we mistake for a solid self.
The sense of personal doership; Consciousness-in-action assuming identification as a "doer," thinking mind, with a separate name and form; the user of the word ego must know that the primary meaning is the mistaken belief of being a "doer" because a sage continues to have name and form, a body-mind organism, but without a sense of being a "doer"; see Consciousness-in-action, body-mind organism. Divine hypnosis, thinking mind
In psychoanalytic theory, one of the three major divisions in the psyche, the others being id and the superego. Psychiatric use of the term should not be confused with common usage, which usually connotes self-love or selfishness.
generally referring to self. Primary aspect of basic personality structure, according to Freud.
from the Freudian school of thought, the conscious part of one's personality that experiences the external world.
The part of the psyche that perceives of all reality as separate and distinct from itself and is highly invested in individuation and self justification.
The central complex in the field of consciousness. A strong ego can relate objectively to activated contents of the unconscious (i.e., other complexes), rather than identifying with them, which appears as a state of possession.
(not capitalized) Any sense of a person; dualism; the belief in more than one power or action separate from infinite Mind.
The part of the human mind Ñ unconscious, subconscious, and conscious Ñ believing in fear. Usually, thoughts generated by the Ego mind are conscious. The Ego defines the human personality in relationship to other people and the surrounding world.
The center of consciousness and the seat of the individual's experience of subjective identity.
The Latin word for "I," often used as a psychoanalytic term denoting a specific part of the human psyche. The ego mediates between either the id and reality or the id and the superego. Sigmund Freud's psychoanalytic theory has influenced such thinkers as Jacques Lacan Julia Kristeva, and others.
In Freud's theory, a set of reactions that try to reconcile the id's blind pleasure strivings with the demands of reality. These lead to the emergence of various skills and capacities that eventually become a system that can look at itself — an "I." See also id and superego.
The wrong conception of the self; the mistaken belief that "I am self-existent." The fundamental ignorance that has caused us to circle through cyclic existence since beginningless time.
The vehicle for the soul's journey in the physical dimension; the physical body and personality; the mind and analytical thought process.
Freud's term for the aspect of the "psyche" that processes a person's "conscious" perception of reality. In a healthy person, it also controls the "id", so that satisfaction occurs only in socially acceptable and/or personally meaningful forms, and decides when to obey or disobey the "superego".
The mistaken notion of "I", a separate self, from which all confusion and suffering arises.
the belief in the reality of the separated or false self, made as substitute for the Self Which God created; the thought of separation that gives rise to sin, guilt, fear, and a thought system based on specialness to protect itself; the part of the mind that believes it is separate from the Mind of Christ; this split mind has two parts: wrong- and right-mindedness; almost always used to denote " wrong-mindedness," but can include the part of the split mind that can learn to choose right-mindedness.(Note -- not to be equated with the " ego" of psychoanalysis, but can be roughly equated with the entire psyche, of which the psychoanalytic " ego" is a part.)
the reality-testing part of the personality; also referred to as the reality principle. More formally, the personality component that is conscious, most immediately controls behavior, and is most in touch with external reality.
In Freud?s tripartite division of the personality, the rational part or controlling self. Operates on the reality principle, holding back the impulses of the id until they can be satisfied in socially approved ways. See also id, reality principle, superego.