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Freud- Superego By Sam What are the main features and functions of the Superego according Freud Words 1000 What is the Superego According to Anne Neimark Sigmund called the third area of the mind the Superego Like a judge in a court trial the superego announced its verdicts or decrees Neimark A 1976 page 96 The superego is part of a trio that controls our urges and desires The id being the urge at it raw form the ego filtering the urge and the superego is the decider of whether or not the urge can be satisfied immediately or must be saved until later The superego formed from the rules of parents and authority figures the superego was the inward voice that said you must you must not you are good you are bad Neimark A 1976 page 96 Since the superego goes back to the influence of parents educators and so on we learn still more of its significance if we turn to those who are its sources Ricoeur P 1970 p186 The superego is not created when we are born rather we are born with the superego and it develops over the course of our life as new rules and regulations are brought to light A childs superego is in fact constructed on the model not of its parents but of its parents superego the contents which fill it are the same and it becomes the vehicle of tradition and of all the time-resisting judgements of value which have propagated themselves in this manner from generation to generation Ricoeur P 1970 p187 Therefore the superego is developed maintained and updated continuously over the period of our life and is then passed on or inherited by our children The superego while being a conscious moralizer it also is largely unconscious the superego is the seat of morality part conscious and part unconscious in the individual Brown J Richards B 1998
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