chapter  5
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The Superego in the Adolescent Female

The superego is a construct of great importance in the psychoanalytic model of the mind. It is conceived of as an intrapsychic system that comprises both contents and functions. The contents, internalized from infancy, serve as prohibi­ tions against, or inhibitors of, instinctual derivatives, i.e., moral codes. Addition­ ally, the superego embodies a set of aspirations and ideals representing standards to be lived up to. These two sets of contents, known as the conscience and the ego-ideal, are conceptualized as major components of the system superego.