ego-integrity

ego-integrity

(ē′gō-ĭn-tĕg′rĭ-tē)
The eighth stage in Erik Erikson's developmental theory; the opposite of despair. It is the major psychic task of the mature elderly and is marked by a healthy unifying philosophy and the wisdom learned from experience. The individual feels vital, balanced, and whole in relation to the self and the world.
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If a person has a sense of ego-integrity, life is worth defending against physical, social and economic threats.[8] A lack of ego-integrity combined with a negative self-concept causes a sense of despair, hopelessness and depression.