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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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Sorokin predicted the return of ideality, and today, analyzing the virtualization of the information society, we are convinced of this, revealing in it the pronounced ideological sociocultural tendencies.
Ideality deviations observed by the delay of eosin Y and advance of bromophenol blue show the presence of hydraulic short-circuiting and dead zones inside the reactor, resulting in a decrease of the hydraulic efficiency.
Based on the proposed protocol, the PUs' activity on each frequency channel is quantified periodically and represented by different numbers, which indicate the channels' ideality factor degree.
Or, to ask the same question in a slightly different fashion, why is the nature of relations simpliciter not enough to explain the ideality of spatial relations?
On Husserl's view of ideality, an ideality is one where the type/token distinction breaks down.
It is important to note that an ideality factor m is considered, when applying (2).
As we are considering the relaxation of ideal colorings, three types of relaxations come to mind: The relaxation of the coloring definition, of the node pair ideality definition and the subgraph ideality definition.
The extreme dearths of the city of Bari render the blissfulness of seacoast haven all the more lovely and bountiful than in a number of other poems positing a site of terrestrial ideality, an approach to heaven-on-earth: "There is nothing so heavy with earth as the sea's breath and the breath of fresh wilderness, the camomilla fields along the shore." To reach these beatific acres, he shall have to slowly traverse the purgatorial hinterland, those "barren places" outspread between the new and old cities: "On my last day here, I will walk carefully through the barren places and find the past again, the old city ..."
By bringing injuries to African American children into the space reserved for a mythic white US American ideality, she violated the segregation between idealized fantasies about the American dream and the injuries the state and institutionalized racism continue to inflict on African American children.
(4) Kitcher concedes that Kant's transcendental psychology, being incompatible with the ideality of time, does not fit well into the metaphysics of transcendental idealism.
Thus it should be readily apparent that even small departures from ideality can have serious consequences in the design of real systems.