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superego

[ soo-per-ee-goh, -eg-oh ]
/ ˌsu pərˈi goʊ, -ˈɛg oʊ /
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noun, plural su·per·e·gos.Psychoanalysis.
the part of the personality representing the conscience, formed in early life by internalization of the standards of parents and other models of behavior.
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Origin of superego

1890–95; translation of German Über-Ich (Freud); see super-, ego
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British Dictionary definitions for superego

superego
/ (ˌsuːpərˈiːɡəʊ, -ˈɛɡəʊ) /

noun plural -gos
psychoanal that part of the unconscious mind that acts as a conscience for the ego, developing mainly from the relationship between a child and his parentsSee also id 1, ego
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Cultural definitions for superego

superego
[ (sooh-puhr-ee-goh) ]

In Freudian psychology, the part of the psyche that incorporates parental or community values and standards and acts as an inner check on behavior. The superego and ego, responding to social demands, are often in conflict with the primitive impulses of the id.

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