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?

Definitions of ego
  1. noun
    an inflated feeling of pride in your superiority to others
    synonyms: egotism, self-importance
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    type of:
    pride, pridefulness
    a feeling of self-respect and personal worth
  2. noun
    your consciousness of your own identity
    synonyms: self
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    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
  3. noun
    (psychoanalysis) the conscious mind
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    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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