idealized image

idealized image

[īdē′əlīzd]
a concept of a person characterized by a sense of perfection and admiration that results in unrealistically high and unattainable goals.
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Readers must therefore ponder how the book's inexplicable omission of the particularly insidious and popular subgenre of songs known as "coon songs" makes sense, while songs with the just as stereotypical "happy darky" figure show up throughout the book, with the hollow insistence that they offer "an idealized image of the southern African American" and are thus positive in nature (79).
As in most relationships, the once idealized image that the couple had of each other was shattered.
It's impossible to live up to an idealized image of one's self.
The former refers to an idealized image created on the basis of selective memories that made the lost territories into a paradise lost.
Although analyzing the strict, rigid feminine beliefs projected by the sweetheart generates an understanding of the gender ideals on college campuses during the period, examining these ideals in relation to societal anxieties about women's entrance into the public sphere of higher education positions the sweetheart as much more than an idealized image on campus.
Pre-censorship, film format, film festival policies, and what she calls the 'cursive practices' (praktik miring) of films determined how or whether films were produced, promoted and distributed; films were expected to propagate and represent New Order values, state politics, and an idealized image of the Indonesian nation (p.
Yet, when the exposure to the idealized image of a woman is blatant, a conscious process is activated and consumers employ defensive coping strategies--they belittle the model or celebrity to restore a positive perception of themselves.
Often these immigrants have an idealized image in mind about what life in their new home would be.
Those who might perhaps wish to protect themselves by recourse to a nail fetish here are clearly not protected; the only thing safe here is the idealized image of colonial power.
In what is a coup for Tyne Wear Archives and Museums (TWAM), the exhibition - Pharaoh: King of Egypt - will examine the idealized image and reality behind the rulers of the ancient kingdom across 3,000 years of history.
But there is also the idealized image of the pure Quaker, an angel of goodness on the earth such as the nameless Quaker lady who suddenly appears at the end of Rebecca Harding Davis's grim narration of the American underclass in the powerful but stubbornly problematic novella, Life in the Iron Mills (1861).
Bourgeois German writers of the late 18th and early 19th centuries, Mathas argues, were motivated by the conflict stemming from "the creation of an idealized image of the self and the desire to merge with this image" (13).