one's sense of self-esteem or importance or ability
If the biochemists were able to demonstrate the physical workings of neuroses (phobias, or difficulties getting pleasure from life), if they could pinpoint the chemicals and impulses and interbrain conversations and information exchanges that constitute these feelings, would the psychoanalysts pack up their ids and egos and retire from the field?
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She has such an inflated ego, she probably thinks we planned the whole thing for her.
Luma understood she was dealing with a group of boys with fragile egos and with little self-esteem to spare.
Earlier in the day, the doctor had a map divided into superego, ego, and id, with all kinds of squiggly, perhaps broken, lines running among those three areas.
The degree of personality integration and ego function which may be achieved for the long term is hard to predict.
See, the station wagon is the ego, sturdy and reliable, and the sedan is the superego, because it’s how you want to present yourself, powerful and impressive, and the sports car is the id—it’s the id because it’s irrepressible and fast and dangerous and maybe a little forbidden.