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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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MacFaul argues that the dynamic nature of drama militates against static idealizations of friendship in the plays of Shakespeare and his contemporaries.
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And as Redekop examines what Habermas thought of the ancient public, which was typically idealized in eighteenth-century discourse, he finds that Herder, notwithstanding his idealization of primordial sociability and communication, also condemns it for its susceptibility to demagoguery.
conscience consists of several interactive dimensions: psychic energy, emotional and psychological defenses, empathy, a sense of guilt, idealization, self-esteem, and moral beliefs.
The film guards itself against wallowing, idealization and sentimentality and offers through the wide--ranging testimonials of friends and family a new understanding for the man behind the art.
Placed at the entrance to the FDR Memorial, the statue portrays Roosevelt seated in what is unambiguously a wheelchair, thus inaugurating a mode of political remembrance ostensibly free of false idealization.
There's an idealization of that kind of character--the boy-man--in Hollywood movies because we have an idealization of childhood," says White, whose ideas about growing up have also played out on TV's Freaks and Geeks and Dawson's Creek, where he served as a writer and producer.
In particular, the elements of aggression and idealization that define narcissism in object-relations theory can be transposed into a critical typology that concisely expresses the primary narrative impulses that metafictional texts tend to erect within their own narrative matrices.
In doing this, they give us characters--particularly women--who assert their identity in an integration that is neither resignation to the reality around them nor an indiscriminate idealization of their cultures of origin.
idealization of the visual image, 3) stereotyping, and 4) use of sexual appeals.
A causes B, B causes C; hence A causes C" can be taken as a paradigm for complementarity, but it is an idealization.