ego-ideal

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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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Jim has the illusions, the ego-ideals, Marlow believes he once possessed but no longer possesses.
Perhaps Stein's advice, then, translates as follows: allow your ego full play, and immerse yourself in the ego-ideal.
The moon, continues Van Ghent, symbolizes Jim's ego-ideal, the illusion that he will never fulfill.
Finally, Rupprecht's chapter on the German Surrealist writer Unica Zum discusses how Zurn's quasi-autobiographical works of imaginative fiction erect and dismantle numerous ego-ideals and authorial superegos, which correspond to analogous elements in Freud's notion of secondary narcissism.
Yet even while there is some basis for his depiction of Jewish academics as a community united by a common sense of alienated Jewish identity, he perhaps overattributes to Jewish scholars generally his own "attempt to conjoin the conflicting ego-ideals of the professor and the rabbi" (p.
When one or more ego-ideals has been established, then the problem becomes one of planning the best way to achieve that ego-ideal, and the building of a bridge from the ego-status to the ego-ideal (Cassel, 1986).
Our prisons are filled with individuals who never had a chance to go through this process for the identification of an acceptable ego-ideal.
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.
The typical extra-curricular activities on the usual high school campus serve as means for developing acceptable ego-ideals.
Portfolio Imperative # IX - Developing the Student Ego-Ideal
The subjectivity of the constructing ego destabilizes as it becomes aware of its own metaphors and metonymies and recognizes the constructedness of its ego-ideal.
Eloisa's conflict is thus twofold: her desire for the security of her linguistically constructed ego-ideal battles her realization of the unreliability of these constructs as surely as her desire for Abelard battles her desire for God; she awakens with a "shriek" (247).