- the part of the personality representing the conscience, formed in early life by internalization of the standards of parents and other models of behavior.
Origin of superego
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Imagine that the superego comes as a low-voltage father who cannot stop struggling with his bowels.Who Is Philip Roth’s Portnoy Satirizing?
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His words come in a torrent, an id-gush; I imagine his superego watching with its usual resignation from the balcony.Rick Sanchez Licks His Wounds
January 9, 2011
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Word Origin and History for superego
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- In psychoanalytic theory, the division of the psyche that censors and restrains the ego and has identified itself unconsciously with important persons from early life. It results from incorporating the values and wishes of these persons into one's own standards.
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