superego

noun
su·per·ego | \ ˌsü-pər-ˈē-(ˌ)gō also -ˈe-(ˌ)gō \

Definition of superego 

: the one of the three divisions of the psyche in psychoanalytic theory that is only partly conscious, represents internalization of parental conscience and the rules of society, and functions to reward and punish through a system of moral attitudes, conscience, and a sense of guilt — compare ego, id

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But Freud assumed that healthy people operate under the restraint of the superego, which is shaped by social norms. Paula Marantz Cohen, WSJ, "It’s the Era of Feelings, and Not Necessarily Good Ones," 4 May 2018 Snooki is perpetually and jubilantly tipsy, Ronnie is sour and reserved, and Vinny is the guido superego. Jon Caramanica, New York Times, "On ‘Jersey Shore Family Vacation’ and ‘Trading Spaces,’ Reality TV Eats Itself," 4 Apr. 2018 Not that Lara never functioned as Bobby’s superego, no. refinery29.com, "What This 3-Second Interaction Says About The Future Of Bobby Axelrod On Billions," 26 Mar. 2018 The superego is the intellectualized philosophy of the movement — the thinkers. Ben Shapiro, National Review, "Steve Bannon Is Not Trump or Trumpism," 11 Sep. 2017 Spider-Man was the perfect expression of that adolescent angst of id versus superego. Kareem Abdul-jabbar, The Hollywood Reporter, "Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: 3 Ways to Build a Better Black Superhero," 21 July 2017 But there is a classic Freudian map to this anecdote: Cursing is the anarchic and uncivilized id, while the superego (associated with the father) is represented by the cops, and the ideal of an earlier, more orderly New York. Philip Kennicott, The Denver Post, "Why does the Trump “resistance” use such crude and profane language?," 24 May 2017 The curator was like the superego, burying ninety-nine per cent of thoughts in the dark. Elif Batuman, The New Yorker, "Constructed Worlds," 23 Jan. 2017 Mr. Clooney’s character, Lee Gates, is the kind of charming, egotistic broadcast peacock who requires a tough, honest, outwardly-cynical-but-secretly-idealistic, behind-the-scenes superego. A. O. Scott, New York Times, "Movie Review: ‘Money Monster’," 12 May 2016

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First Known Use of superego

1908, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for superego

New Latin, translation of German Über-ich, from über over + ich I

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The first known use of superego was in 1908

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superego

noun

English Language Learners Definition of superego

psychology : a part of a person's mind that relates to attitudes about what is right and wrong and to feelings of guilt

superego

noun
su·per·ego | \ ˌsü-pər-ˈē-(ˌ)gō also ˈsü-pər-ˌ, -ˈeg-(ˌ)ō \

Medical Definition of superego 

: the one of the three divisions of the psyche in psychoanalytic theory that is only partly conscious, represents internalization of parental conscience and the rules of society, and functions to reward and punish through a system of moral attitudes, conscience, and a sense of guilt — compare ego, id entry 1

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