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Ego-dystonic is a psychological term referring to behaviors, e.g. dreams,impulses, compulsions desires, which are in conflict with the needs and goals of the ego, or in conflict with one's ideal self-image.
Obsesional behaviour in obsessive compulsive disorder, in that it is experienced as discordant with the whole personality, is ego-dystonic. In other areas where people perform behaviours they feel are alien and repugnant (eg bulimia, sometimes homosexuality) these too are ego-dystonic
It is the opposite of ego-syntonic.
- Freud, S (1914). On narcissism: An Introduction. (Standard edition XIV pp73-102).
- Freud, S (1923).(Standard edition XVIII pp235-259).