Egosyntonic refers to behaviors, values, feelings, which are in harmony with or acceptable to the needs and goals of the ego, or consistent with one's ideal self-image. It is studied in detail in abnormal psychology. Many personality disorders are considered egosyntonic and are therefore difficult to treat. Anorexia nervosa is described as egosyntonic because patients experience their symtoms as congruent with their own values. Anorexic patients have a tendency toward perfectionism and place a high value on thinness and self control. Most patients will respond negatively to suggestions that they are ill (see denial and anosognosia), and are deeply distraught by efforts to interrupt their ongoing drive toward weight loss.
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