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Ego Strength - Psychology Definition of the Week

By , black-rose-bielefeld.de GuideMay 13, 2011

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Definition: According to Sigmund Freud, ego strength is the ability of the ego to effectively deal with the demands of the id, the superego and reality. As you may recall in Freud's structural model of personality, the id is composed of unconscious drives and primal urges, the superego holds all of our internalized standards and ideals and the ego is responsible for dealing with reality. Those with little ego strength may feel torn between the competing demands of the id, super-ego and reality, while those with too much ego strength can become too unyielding and rigid. Ego strength helps us maintain emotional stability and cope with internal and external stress.

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