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Psychoanalytic Theory: Id, Ego, Superego

Psychoanalytic Theory: Id, Ego, Superego

Author: Barbara Ludins

This lesson will define and discuss Freud's view on the structure of personality through analysis of the id, ego, and superego.

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Terms to Know

Part of the personality that directs and controls conscious thoughts.

Ego Ideal

Standard for good behavior; when we meet this standard we fell pride.


Unconscious part of the personality that provides mental energy; driven by the desire for pleasure.


Life force.


The conscience; part of personality that judges and provides standards for behavior.