Conscious vs Superego - What's the difference?

conscious | superego |

As an adjective conscious

is alert, awake.

As a noun superego is

(psychoanalysis) the part of the mind that acts as a self-critical conscience, reflecting social standards that have been learnt.




(en adjective)
  • Alert, awake.
  • Aware.
  • * , chapter=5
  • , title= The Mirror and the Lamp , passage=Here, in the transept and choir, where the service was being held, one was conscious every moment of an increasing brightness; colours glowing vividly beneath the circular chandeliers, and the rows of small lights on the choristers' desks flashed and sparkled in front of the boys' faces, deep linen collars, and red neckbands.}}
  • *
  • Once again the animals were conscious of a vague uneasiness.
  • Aware of one's own existence; aware of one's own awareness.
  • * 1999 , Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now , Hodder and Stoughton, pages 61–62:
  • The best indicator of your level of consciousness is how you deal with life's challenges when they come.  Through those challenges, an already unconscious person tends to become more deeply unconscious, and a conscious' person more intensely ' conscious .


    * asleep * unaware * unconscious

    Derived terms

    * consciously * consciousness * subconscious * unconscious * preconscious * price-conscious * self-conscious


    Alternative forms

    * super-ego


    (en noun)
  • (psychoanalysis) The part of the mind that acts as a self-critical conscience, reflecting social standards that have been learnt.
  • * '>citation
  • Still, it would be an error to believe that psychoanalytic
    theory makes no contribution to describing and assessing
    different types of ethical conduct. The crucial notion in this
    connection is the relative rigidity or flexibility of the superego'.
    The childish, immature, or neurotic '''superego''' is rigid; it is
    characterized by slavish adherence to rules which, moreover,
    may not be clearly understood. The mature or normal '''super-
    ego''', on the other hand, is flexible; it can evaluate the situation
    at hand and modify the rules accordingly. Thus, in an early,
    classic paper, Strachey suggested that the basic aim of psycho-
    analytic treatment is to make such "mutative interpretations"
    as would help to render the patient's "rigid '''superego'''" more
    "flexible".8 Like the psychoanalytic theory of the '
    , on
    which it is based, this view suffers from the limitation of being
    silent on what sort of rigidity is considered bad or undesirable
    and what sort of flexibility is considered good or desirable. In
    short, Freud and other psychoanalysts have persistently
    dallied with normative systems without ever committing them-
    selves on normative standards.

    See also

    * ego * id English calques ----