What is an ego?


An ego is a person's sense or perception of self. In psychology, the term goes a bit further to define ego as the part of a person who balances his primitive nature against his idealistic side, or superego.

The famous psychologist Sigmund Freud regarded the ego as the realistic side of a human, the go-between of the animal nature instinct and the perfectionist moralist. To Freud, ego was a healthy part of the human psyche. The term ego also often connotes what is actually an over-inflated ego. Ego is not basically bad. To have a healthy sense of oneself is beneficial, but to think too highly of oneself is not. A person described as having an ego generally has an over-inflated ego.

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[ee-goh, eg-oh]
the “I” or self of any person; a person as thinking, feeling, and willing, and distinguishing itself from the selves of others and from objects of its thought.
Psychoanalysis the part of the psychic apparatus that experiences and reacts to the outside world and thus mediates between the primitive drives of the id and the demands of the social and physical environment.
egotism; conceit; self-importance: Her ego becomes more unbearable each day.
self-esteem or self-image; feelings: Your criticism wounded his ego.
Ethnology a person who serves as the central reference point in the study of organizational and kinship relationships.
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