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Experienced as self-repugnant, alien, discordant, or inconsistent with the total personality, as obsessions are generally experienced to be, and as homosexuality may sometimes be. The term was introduced by Sigmund Freud (1856–1939) in 1914 in an article ‘On Narcissism: An Introduction’ (Standard Edition, XIV, pp. 73–102, at p. 99), and he discussed it again in 1923 in an encyclopedia article (Standard Edition, XVIII, pp. 235–59, at p. 246). See also ego-dystonic sexual orientation. Compare ego-syntonic. ego dystonia n. [From Latin ego I + Greek dys- bad or abnormal + tonos tone + -ikos of, relating to, or resembling]

Subjects: Psychology.

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