ego strength


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ego strength

(in psychotherapy) the ability to maintain the ego by a cluster of traits that together contribute to good mental health. The traits usually considered important include tolerance of the pain of loss, disappointment, shame, or guilt; forgiveness of those who have caused an injury, with feelings of compassion rather than anger and retaliation; acceptance of substitutes and ability to defer gratification; persistence and perseverance in the pursuit of goals; openness, flexibility, and creativity in learning to adapt; and vitality and power in the activities of life. The psychiatric prognosis for a client correlates positively with ego strength.

ego strength

In classical psychoanalytical theory, the ability of the ego to maintain its various functions, the prime one of which is to perceive reality and adapt to it.
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Unexpectedly, however, the ego strength of fidelity was negatively associated with average marks, and not significantly associated with academic ability.
How do we discriminate between transpersonal states outside the boundaries of the ego activated by the developmental stages beyond "normal" adult ego on one hand, and psychosis activated by insufficient ego strength on the other?
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One of my criteria relates to the patient's ego strengths.