Book Definition: The mind's storehouse of values, including moral attitudes learned from parents and society; roughly the same as the common notion of the conscience.

Quite Simply...

  • The superego is your good side with moral values.
  • The part of your unconscious that tells you to do what's right, ethically.
  • Your internal morals.
  • The angel on your shoulder.

Examples of the Superego in Action...

  • Finding money on the ground and turning it in instead of keeping it.
  • Seeing the answers to a test on the teacher's desk, but deciding not to cheat.
  • The part of the mental process that would want you to take back a wallet you found because it is morally correct.
  • Knowing your brother snuck out to go to a party without your parents knowing, so you tell them just because you know it's the right thing to do and it will keep him safe.
  • You want to tell your friends some juicy gossip you heard, but you refrain from telling them because you know that it's not right to gossip.
  • The angel on your shoulder telling you to do what is right.
  • Finding an iphone at the school bathroom and taking it to the office.
  • Your friends wanting to take you to a party, but you have homework, and the angel telling you to stay home and do your HW.
  • Finding a wallet on the supermarket floor and taking it to the police because you know it's the right thing to do.
  • The superego works to suppress the urges of the id and tries to make the ego behave morally, rather than realistically.
  • In the movie "The Lord of The Rings" Golem/Smeagle has two sides, his devil side (his Id) wants him to kill the hobbits and take the ring, while his nicer side (his superego) wants him to help the hobbits.
  • You see a cat hurt in the middle of a very busy street and run out to save it, disregarding your own safety.
  • The thing that keeps you from stealing from 7-11 once the clerk goes into the back.

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