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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.


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


A standard of perfection.

Patient discussion about ideal

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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To put the matter crudely, administrative law scholars can be grouped loosely into two camps, groups that I have elsewhere labeled "idealists" and "realists." These contending factions have contrasting ideologies of government organization, different understandings of the tasks of institutional design and administrative law reform, and divergent intellectual commitments concerning styles of explanation--indeed, as a matter of positive theory, different understandings of what it is that needs explaining.
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7)--is an important corrective of the common caricature of The Idealists as well-fed oracles honing their platitudes in splendid isolation.
The idealist likewise accepts the doubt that dreams cast upon externality, but does not accept the implication of the non-veridicality of cognition.
This section has shown the undercurrent of tension between materialist and idealist approaches across a broad range of issues in organizational research.
[W]hat ails us might be precisely our inability to live as idealists." To address this dissatisfaction and despair, Thakkar turns to Plato's Republic, which offers, on his reading, an ideal theory critical for treating the ills of contemporary life.
Finally, left realists critique the left idealist assertion that crime will cease to exist only after the advent of socialism, and accordingly, that idealists dismiss any proposed solution to alleviate crime that is not rooted in broad structural change.
Len Gougeon's "Pragmatic Idealist in Action, 1850-1865" fleshes out this change.
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Philosophers and theologians retrieve ideas and arguments from the most significant modern exponents of idealism, especially George Berkeley (1685-1753) and Jonathan Edwards (1403-58) and consider the explanatory power an idealist ontology has for a variety of issues in contemporary Christian theology.