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superego -- (Freud's definition)
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  • Yes, with your talent, my friend, you could work subconscious miracles, soothe the aching id and heal the wounded superego.
    Ken Kesey  --  One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  • Freud called this the superego.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • 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.
    Susanna Kaysen  --  Girl Interrupted
  • The previous notion that disposition is everything — that the cause of violent behavior is always "sociopathic personality" or "deficient superego" or the inability to delay gratification or some evil in the genes — is, in the end, the most passive and reactive of ideas about crime.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point

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  • would describe the watchman as the ’superego.’
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • You have a strong superego.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • Atonement (at-one-ment) consists in no more than the abandonment of that self-generated double monster—the dragon thought to be God (superego) and the dragon thought to be Sin (repressed id).
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • Conscience is a component of the superego.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • But Freud claimed that the superego tells us when our desires themselves are ’bad’ or ’improper/ not least in the case of erotic or sexual desire.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • Because this guilt feeling remains in the superego, many people—according to Freud, most people—feel guilty about sex all their lives.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World

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  • This thought was on course for a frontal collision with her superego, and was so monstrous an idea that she immediately repressed it, Freud tells us.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • If we have desires and urges that are not tolerable to the conscious, the superego shoves them downstairs.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • 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.
    Susanna Kaysen  --  Girl Interrupted
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