ego ideal

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a pattern or concept of perfection.
ego ideal the component of the superego containing the internalized image of what one desires to become, which the ego strives to attain. It is formed through conscious or unconscious identification with a person who plays a significant role or has a place of esteem in the life of the developing child, or through emulation of such a person.

ego ideal

In psychoanalysis, the part of one's ego that contains an idealized self based on those people, especially parents and peers, one admires and wishes to emulate.

ego ideal

the image of the self to which a person aspires both consciously and unconsciously and against which he or she measures himself or herself and judges personal performance. It is usually based on a positive identification with the significant and influential figures of the early childhood years. See also identification.

e·go i·deal

(ē'gō ī-dēl')
The part of the personality that comprises the goals, aspirations, and aims of the self, usually growing out of the emulation of a significant person with whom one has identified.
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Indeed, "In Lacanian terms," says Zizek, "the suspension of the Ego Ideal, of the feature of symbolic identification--that is, the reduction of the Master to an imaginary ideal--necessarily gives rise to its monstrous obverse, to the superego figure of the omnipotent Evil Genius who controls our lives.
Hanly (1984) suggests that the ideal ego is relatively strong and the ego ideal is relatively weak in individuals with borderline, narcissistic and neurotic disorders, and that health comes when ego ideal begins to eclipse ideal ego.
identification with the fantasy ideal ego of a permanent, perfect, all-powerful and immortal self, made the more painful by obvious discrepancies in comparison with an unattainable primordial ego ideal.
This ego ideal strengthening can lead to inflation and self-importance, however, unless it is balanced by a humbling recognition of the illusory nature of the ideal ego.
765), finally leaving behind the remnants of ego ideal and ideal ego.