Definitions for "Superego"
Keywords:  conscience, freud, moral, ego, freudian
what Freud described as a mental agency is actually, for Horney, a neurotic drive toward an appearance of perfection. As for conscience, following an internalized set of rules is NOT the operation of conscience, but the obedience to "oughts" and "shoulds" that makes massacres possible (example: Eichmann).
that part of the psyche that is critical of the self or ego and enforces moral standards: at an unconscious level it blocks unacceptable impulses of the id.
in Freud's theory, the part of the personality that acts as a moral guide telling us what we should and should not do. (444)