superego

[soo-per-ee-goh, -eg-oh]
noun, plural superegos. Psychoanalysis.
the part of the personality representing the conscience, formed in early life by internalization of the standards of parents and other models of behavior.

Origin:
1890–95; translation of German Über-Ich (Freud); see super-, ego

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superego (ˌsuːpərˈiːɡəʊ, -ˈɛɡəʊ)
 
n , pl -gos
psychoanal id See also ego that part of the unconscious mind that acts as a conscience for the ego, developing mainly from the relationship between a child and his parents

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superego
that part of the psyche which controls the impulses of the id," 1924, as a translation of Ger. über-Ich; see super- and ego.
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superego su·per·e·go (sōō'pər-ē'gō, -ěg'ō)
n. pl. su·per·e·gos
In psychoanalytic theory, the division of the psyche that censors and restrains the ego and has identified itself unconsciously with important persons from early life. It results from incorporating the values and wishes of these persons into one's own standards.

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superego [(sooh-puhr-ee-goh)]

In Freudian psychology, the part of the psyche that incorporates parental or community values and standards and acts as an inner check on behavior. The superego and ego, responding to social demands, are often in conflict with the primitive impulses of the id.

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Before providing a hasty reply, have your ego allow more of the superego to surface, while keeping the id at bay.
They say that you incorporate the superego structure of your parents.
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