ego ideal
noun Date: 1922 the standards, ideals, and ambitions that according to psychoanalytic theory are assimilated from the superego

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  • ego ideal — n. Psychoanalysis the ego s conception of a better or more successful future self, based on identification with parents or parental substitutes …   English World dictionary

  • Ego ideal — In Freudian psychology, the ego ideal (or ideal ego) is an image of the perfect self towards which the ego should aspire. [Janine Chasseguet Smirgel, The Ego Ideal: A Psychoanalytic Essay on the Malady of the Ideal , 1st American ed., trans. Paul …   Wikipedia

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  • ego-ideal — In psychoanalysis, a more or less conscious ideal of personal excellence toward which an individual strives, and that is derived from a composite image of the personal characteristics of a parent, public figure, or one or more other individuals… …   Medical dictionary

  • ego ideal — noun (psychoanalysis) the part of the ego that contains an ideal of personal excellence toward which a person strives • Topics: ↑psychoanalysis, ↑analysis, ↑depth psychology • Hypernyms: ↑ideal …   Useful english dictionary

  • ego ideal — Psychoanal. a more or less conscious ideal of personal excellence derived from a composite image of the characteristics of persons, initially those of the parents, with whom the individual identifies. [1920 25] * * * …   Universalium

  • ego ideal — e′go ide al n. psl prs Psychoanal. an ideal of personal excellence based on positive identification with parent figures • Etymology: 1920–25 …   From formal English to slang

  • ego ideal — /igoʊ aɪˈdil/ (say eegoh uy deel) noun Psychology a more or less conscious criterion of personal excellence towards which an individual strives. It is derived from a composite image of the characteristics of persons (initially the parents) with… …   Australian English dictionary

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