ego-ideal

e·go-i·deal

(ē'gō-ī-dēl'),
In psychoanalysis, the coalescence in the superego of internal representations of what one ought to be, arising from aspects of an admired parent and/or hero figure, a concept of self that would gain maximal approval from valued authority figures, and a concept of those actions that are necessary to attain valued relationships with significant others. See: ego, persona. Compare: shadow (2).
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His reconstruction shows that Roheim's account of children's psychosexual development provides a contrast between the internalised superego and ego-ideal of desert people and of European and European-influenced people which represents a perspective on psycho-social differences almost impossible to represent discursively in today's intellectual and moral environment.
Offering consistent reminders of the South as a colonial dependent with a feudal inheritance, Yoknapatawpha invokes historical discrepancies between South and North to sever the ties binding reality with desire in the narratives that sustain the nation's ego-ideal.
the tension between the ego-ideal and the self-image--the more
Norton plays out his own ego-ideal in relation to black people.
Drawing on the work of Heinz Kohut, she suggests that Christ functions as a kind of ego-ideal or, more precisely, "selfobject" for the young Shelley, and that this ideal was characteristically (in the context of Field Place) somewhat feminized.
It takes the classic form of a displacement upward, an aspiration towards an ego-ideal, the potential ascent up an ontological ladder to vertiginous heights.
What spiritual writers have called "consolation and desolation" are states of mind that reflect whether one has embraced or rejected the ego-ideal proposed by the superego.
It is used primarily to develop an ego-ideal for the future guidance of individuals based on the present ego-status as reflected in the GFT (Cassel, 1986).
Acknowledging her debt to the work of Irvin and Marilyn Yalom, Boker finds the source of these characteristics in Hemingway's struggle to live up to an essentially adolescent ego-ideal, the precipitate of "paternal disappointment, repudiated maternal dependency (or feminine identification), and his need to formulate a transcendent heroic paternal ideal" (169).
Freud showed us how the individual in a group, by putting the leader in the place of his/her ego-ideal, is able to overlook his/her own interests, operate at a lower level of intellectual activity, and expose him/herself to extremely dangerous situations, all in the interest of the group and its leader, or of an abstract concept that might stand in for a leader.
schema based on idealization and ego-ideal formation/identification.
The "dual narcissism" about which Franz Fanon writes in Black Skin, White Masks - that white is right and black is beautiful - merges here: By indulging their fantasies, the two characters display their ego-ideal of the white man who looks black or the black man who acts white.