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The Ego In Psychology

Psychology defines ego as a neutral concept which is one of many aspects of ourselves. The ego is then simply one’s individuality, the thoughts, behaviours and experiences that make a person unique. It is the part that perceives reality, making sense of all the information around us.

Sigmund Freud divided the human psyche into three parts: the id, the ego and the superego. The id is the primal, wild part of our mind, the ego is the ‘conscious mediator’, the rational part of our mind making all the decisions, and the superego is the conscience.

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  • The term ego has many definitions. Sages say it is the only barrier between us and true enlightenment. Whether we define it as self-esteem, self-importance or our arrogant, stubborn nature, ego isn’t something to be discarded, as it has tremendous functionality in this world.
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Synonyms Of The Ego In Psychology

  • Self-Concept: Our own self-image, the way we perceive ourselves.
  • Identity: Our social status, physical characteristics and abilities.
  • Self-Perspective: Our own unique view of ourselves and the world around us.

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Egoism, Egotism and Egocentrism

  • Egoism is the belief that our moral behaviour is based on taking care of our own interests. Taking care of ourselves is actually a rational, desirable activity. If we take care of others while neglecting ourselves, we become worn out or suffer burnout. Example: Flight A...

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According to the original psychoanalyst, Sigmund Freud, our ego is part of our personality that is between the id (our primal, animalistic instincts), our superego (the mature personality formed by the kind of upbringing and social influences in one’s life) and reality.

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The Psychoanalytic School of Thought

Psychoanalysis emphasises the influence of the unconscious mind on behaviour.
Sigmund Freud found this school of thought. He believed that the mind was composed of three elements that interacted to create complex human behaviours:

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2. Psychodynamic Theories

Psychodynamic theories, popularized by Sigmund Freud, emphasize the role of unconscious processes and early childhood experiences in shaping personality. According to Freud, personality is composed of three parts: the id, ego, and superego, which interact to produce behavior.

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