One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1(in Freudian theory) the part of the mind which imposes on itself concepts of ideal behavior developed from parental and social standards.
- ‘In psychoanalytic terms, the scale indicates the extent to which parents serve as their child's identification object or ego-ideal, as well as the degree to which parental authority is viewed as an instrument of learning.’
- ‘Freud considered that, in mania, the split between the ego-ideal and the ego was abolished.’
- ‘Once the ego-ideal is clearly distinguished from the super-ego, it becomes possible to make sense of much that formerly remained obscure in psychoanalytic theory.’
- ‘The therapist becomes internalized in place of the existing ego-ideal, which is based on past identification with others, perhaps the parents; then the analysand become less guilty.’
- ‘We may understand this narcissistic play with the demonic-benevolent mother to present a reality check on the part of the child, in this way securing for itself a new existential dimension - the ego-ideal.’
- 1.1 (in general use) an idealized conception of oneself.
- ‘Cinema-goers flock to fantastical movies to live vicariously through their ego ideals.’
- ‘Audiences seek to model themselves on their screen ego-ideals, and companies capitalize on this identification process.’
- ‘I pay for the cab fare and footwear by being an actual writer - no longer as a hazy ego ideal or TV-based lifestyle aspiration, but as a sometimes gratifying, often grueling, seldom sufficiently remunerative job.’
- ‘When we spend time in cyberspace, we are not quite ourselves; we may come as close as possible to attaining the ego-ideal.’
- ‘Walker achieves manhood and moral agency by conforming to his ego-ideal, the Asian American activist.’
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