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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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Elin Diamond argues, "Entering the network of Clara's identifications brings us into disturbing proximity with her white fathers, her ego-ideals of the canon who are also, to a great extent, our own.