ego

Your ego is your conscious mind, the part of your identity that you consider your "self." If you say someone has "a big ego," then you are saying he is too full of himself.

Poor ego, it gets such a bad rap, being so often confused with "megalomania" and "vanity" and all kinds of other nasty things, but strictly speaking it is only a psychological term popularized by Freud meaning the conscious (as opposed to the unconscious) mind, or the awareness of one's own identity and existence. Nothing wrong in that, is there?

Primary Meanings of ego

1.
n
an inflated feeling of pride in your superiority to others
2.
n
your consciousness of your own identity
Full Definitions of ego
1

n an inflated feeling of pride in your superiority to others

Synonyms:
egotism, self-importance
Type of:
pride, pridefulness
a feeling of self-respect and personal worth
2

n your consciousness of your own identity

Synonyms:
self
Types:
anima
(Jungian psychology) the inner self (not the external persona) that is in touch with the unconscious
Type of:
consciousness
an alert cognitive state in which you are aware of yourself and your situation

n (psychoanalysis) the conscious mind

Type of:
brain, head, mind, nous, psyche
that which is responsible for one's thoughts and feelings; the seat of the faculty of reason

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