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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.


A standard of perfection.


/ide·al/ (i-de´il) a pattern or concept of perfection.
ego ideal  the component of the superego comprising the standard of perfection unconsciously created by a person for himself.


Cardiology A clinical trial–Incremental Decrease in Endpoints through Aggressive Lipid Lowering Psychology See Ego ideal.


A standard of perfection.


n in the treatment of musculoskeletal dysfunction, a clinical classification of a postural pattern in which the minimum adaptive load is shifted to a different area.

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Q. When should I stop? As part of my efforts to lose weight, I worked a lot about accepting myself – that less-than-perfect body is also an acceptable option. And now, after losing weight but not reaching my ideal weight, I have these doubts- Should I continue my efforts to lose weight, although I feel good about my self? What do you think?

A. I truly believe that if you are happy with your weight loss, even though you say you have not reached your ideal weight or goal, be proud of who you are and what you have acomplished. There is no such thing as the perfect body image, at least not as far as i'm concerned. I feel that you have to love yourself for what's on the inside because the outside always changes (i.e. age, loss of hair, teeth, etc...) I had gastric bypass in 2005 and lost 90 lbs. I still have not reached my goal of 125-127 lbs. where I used to be 10 years ago, but I love "who" I am today. I am 140 lbs. of fantastic and some days I look at me and feel different but feel blessed that I am healthy and alive...Hope this helps

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Reinhold Niebuhr's Christian realism began to persuade others to abandon their pacifist idealism.
My attempt to sustain a consistent definition of liberal theology was challenged in volume two by the overarching influence of Progressive-era liberalism (which led many interpreters to define liberal theology as social gospel progressivism), the double meaning of "modernist" in liberal theology (which became a banner term for naturalistic empiricists), and the rise of so-called "neo-orthodoxy" (which condemned liberal idealism and accommodationism).
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Over the decades the early idealism may be covered with the soot of repeated disappointment.
The stress of the popularity and diffusion of Ficinian idealism, primarily characteristic of the early Renaissance, can, however, lead to the false impression that Aristotle simply disappeared from literary and historical thinking until the full-fledged rediscovery of the Poetics in the seventeenth century.
shifts attention from that larger background and presents, in contrast, a closely focused analysis of the texts of six thinkers--Kant, Fichte, Holderlin, Novalis, Schlegel, and Schelling--that bear upon "one specific theme: the meaning of idealism itself, and more specifically the reaction against subjectivism" (viii).
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