EGO SYNTONIC

A term used largely by psychoanalysts to describe impulses, values or behavior that are acceptable to or consonant with the aims of the ego, the portion of the personality which directs our actions and mediates between our inner needs and outer reality. Attitudes and actions that are repugnant to or at variance with the ego are termed ego dystonic. To illustrate: the irresponsible, egocentric behavior of psychopathic, or antisocial, individuals is extremely hard to modify because it is not in conflict with their basic personality—that is, it is ego syntonic. Homosexual behavior, on the other hand, is sometimes repulsive to the homosexual himself, and therefore ego dystonic. Similarly, hallucinations brought about by such drugs as mescaline and LSD may be completely foreign to the individual, while hallucinations that occur in schizophrenia are believed to express the patient’s emotional needs, and are therefore ego syntonic

Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "EGO SYNTONIC," in PsychologyDictionary.org, November 28, 2018, https://psychologydictionary.org/ego-syntonic-2/ (accessed March 11, 2020).
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