Ego Defense Mechanisms

Id, Ego, & Superego

Id, Ego, and Superego

Id is the part of your conscience that wants to be satisfied and when it is "we experience pleasure, when it is denied we experience 'unpleasure' or pain." The ego makes sure that what ever you do it's satisfying to you and so that there is know harm coming to itself or the id. The superego is apart of the conscience and the ideal self. Superego makes us feel guilt like "if the ego gives into the id's demands, the superego may make the person feel bad through guilt."
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Ego Defense Mechanisms

We need defense mechanisms because it keep undesirable memories and feelings out of your conscious. Another reason we have defense mechanisms is to protect ourselves when we feel threatened or if the id or superego are being really demanding the ego defense mechanism also protects us from stressful things in the world.

Defense Mechanisms

I choose 3 Primitive Defense Mechanisms
  • Denial
Ex. Pic at the bottom.

  • Projection
Ex. When a couple gets in a fight the one who is angry in fact is the one that's not doing what they are telling the other person to do.

  • Reaction Formation
Ex. When someone isn't pleased with their boss/ manager and they want to quit instead of showing their negative side they are going to be nice to their boss.

I choose 2 Less Primitive, More Mature Defense Mechanisms

  • Rationalization
Ex. Pic at the bottom

  • Undoing
Ex. If you get mad at a friend not meaning to your giving them compliments and apologizing.

Websites Used

McLeod, S. (2008) Simply Pyschology. Id, Ego, and Superego.

Olivia, G. (2010) Sigmund Freud. Id, Ego, Super-Ego.