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ego

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(Freud's definition)
Definition psychoanalysis:  the personality structure that mediates between the primitive, instinctual desires of the id and the moral conscience of the superego

more rarely, ego can refer to the conscious mind (since in Freud's theory, a person is partially aware of the mental activity of the ego, but not of the id and superego)
  • The ego tries to satisfy the unconscious desires of the id.
ego = psychoanalysis:  the personality structure that mediates between the primitive, instinctual desires of the id and the moral conscience of the superego
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Freud developed three personality structures. The id is the primitive and instinctual part of the mind. The superego operates as a moral conscience. And the ego mediates between the two.
  • ego = psychoanalysis:  the personality structure that mediates between the primitive, instinctual desires of the id and the moral conscience of the superego
  • In psychoanalysis, people are aware of only some of the actions of the ego.
  • ego = the personality structure that mediates between the primitive, instinctual desires of the id and the moral conscience of the superego
  • I said I wanted an egg shampoo instead of an ego shampoo.
    Daniel Keyes  --  Flowers for Algernon — Novel
  • ego = psychoanalysis:  the personality structure that mediates between the primitive, instinctual desires of the id and the moral conscience of the superego

    more rarely, ego can refer to the conscious mind (since in Freud's theory, a person is partially aware of the mental activity of the ego, but not of the id and superego)
  • Egg.... ego .... close, aren't they?
    Daniel Keyes  --  Flowers for Algernon — Novel
  • ego = psychoanalysis:  the personality structure that mediates between the primitive, instinctual desires of the id and the moral conscience of the superego

    more rarely, ego can refer to the conscious mind (since in Freud's theory, a person is partially aware of the mental activity of the ego, but not of the id and superego)
  • Then when you want free association, you could stretch your patient out the way the barber does to lather up his customer, and when the fifty minutes are up, you could tilt the chair forward again and hand him a mirror so he can see what he looks like on the outside after you've shaved his ego.
    Daniel Keyes  --  Flowers for Algernon — Novel
  • ego = psychoanalysis:  the personality structure that mediates between the primitive, instinctual desires of the id and the moral conscience of the superego

    more rarely, ego can refer to the conscious mind (since in Freud's theory, a person is partially aware of the mental activity of the ego, but not of the id and superego)
  • Then your patient could come in at each session and say, 'A little off the top of my anxiety, please,' or 'Don't trim the super-ego too close, if you don't mind,' or he might even come in for an egg shampoo—I mean, ego shampoo.
    Daniel Keyes  --  Flowers for Algernon — Novel
ego = psychoanalysis:  the personality structure that mediates between the primitive, instinctual desires of the id and the moral conscience of the superego

more rarely, ego can refer to the conscious mind (since in Freud's theory, a person is partially aware of the mental activity of the ego, but not of the id and superego)

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2  —as in:
bruised her ego
Definition one's sense of self-esteem (sense of importance or ability)
  • She has such an inflated ego, she probably thinks we planned the whole thing for her.
ego = sense of importance
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Try not to bruise her ego while offering advice.
  • ego = sense of self-esteem
  • I'm trying to think about this without letting my ego get in the way.
  • ego = sense of self-esteem
  • It takes that kind of ego to make a man attempt a thing like this.
    Daniel Keyes  --  Flowers for Algernon — Novel
  • ego = sense of self-esteem (sense of importance or ability)
  • I won't bruise his precious ego.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • ego = sense of self-esteem (sense of importance or ability)
  •   "I could get you strung up on a tree so easy it ain't even funny."
      Crooks had reduced himself to nothing. There was no personality, no ego—nothing to arouse either like or dislike.
    John Steinbeck  --  Of Mice and Men
  • ego = self-esteem (sense of importance)
  • They secured the Bird's approval by stroking his ego, naming him "master of ceremonies" and giving him a throne at the front of the "theater"—the bathhouse—outfitted with planks perched on washtubs to serve as a stage.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • ego = sense of self-esteem (sense of importance)
  • —and no matter what you say about it now, I know that's how I'm going to feel, so if you don't mind, I'll hang on to my splintering ego—thank you.
    Daniel Keyes  --  Flowers for Algernon — Novel
  • ego = sense of self-esteem (sense of importance or ability)
  • So what I'd really like is to try and conceal him somewhere safe, then go hunt, and come back and collect him. But I have a feeling his ego isn't going to go for that suggestion.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • ego = sense of self-esteem (sense of importance or ability)
  • By Afghan standards, my question had been bold. With it, I had bared myself, and left little doubt as to my interest in her. But I was a man, and all I had risked was a bruised ego. Bruises healed. Reputations did not. Would she take my dare?
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
ego = sense of self-esteem

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Less commonly:
Less commonly, ego can be a synonym for self.
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