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a conscious or unconscious mental mechanism in which the individual overestimates an admired aspect or attribute of another person.


/ide·al·iza·tion/ (i-de″il-ĭ-za´shun) a conscious or unconscious mental mechanism in which the individual overestimates an admired aspect or attribute of another person.

Patient discussion about idealization

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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The difference between abstraction and idealization made by Nowak gave birth to an intense and important international epistemological debate and no wonder that well-known philosophers of science like Nancy Cartwright, Ronald Giere, Francesco Coniglione, Evandro Agazzi and so on, could develop their intuitions about the relevance of idealization in science thanks to Nowak's works.
In the light of that, if we assume that the fundamental procedure of science is Idealization, then it's easy to notice that the growth of knowledge "consists in acquiring increasingly new information about the essential factors of the investigated magnitudes;" (26) but, as Leszek Nowak demonstrated in his works, this is not enough because if we introduce idealizing assumptions by omitting secondary factors, after that we must remove these assumptions in favour of more realistic ones, because:
MacFaul argues that the dynamic nature of drama militates against static idealizations of friendship in the plays of Shakespeare and his contemporaries.
Idealization that becomes stronger as the relationship develops leads to partners' deeper feelings of love and passion for one another.
In this collection of 11 articles, contributors describe their thought and research about idealization and abstraction in science.
Separate gallery spaces in the exhibition explore different themes or philosophies related to the Pre-Raphaelite artists, including the idealization of feminine beauty, biblical themes and the literary implications of the movement.
His readings here include a fine analysis of how the idealization of women "is simply one more devious, indirect form of bondage" (107).
The idealization of the era is thick, and it is here that the authors risk losing younger readers more inclined to identify with the barbed rants of Kate Reddy, working mom heroine of I Don't Know How She Does It, than Jane Alpert, underground seventies radical and author of "Mother Right.
Thus, straight realism, the borrowing from folklore, idealization, satire, and humor distinguish his style.
This is the idealization of the father that demands that we "restore father to his rightful place" (Gottman, 1998).
One study of 10 such cases found a pattern of therapy in which idealization, fantasies of omnipotence, and the avoidance of rupture were prominent, Hilary Rubenstein, Ph.
In one respect he reinforces the view of the revisionist school, by showing better than before how much the English idealization of the feast was one aspect of a reaction to the insecurities provoked by industrialization and urbanization.