self-ideal

self-ideal

a perception of how one should behave based on certain personal standards. The standard may be either a carefully constructed image of the kind of person one would like to be or merely a number of aspirations, goals, or values one would like to achieve. See also ego ideal.
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The motives for such behaviour turn out to be rooted in the sense of shame or guilt that owning up to the truth would create in the narrator and its potentially devastating impact on his self-image, self-ideal and sense of worth.
Self-Ideal: Self-ideal is the subset of self descriptive behaviors that reflects qualities that the student desires to achieve or maintain through the expenditure of personal efforts.
Selfknowledge is different from either self-esteem or self-ideal.