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ego ideal

noun, Psychoanalysis
1.
a more or less conscious ideal of personal excellence derived from a composite image of the characteristics of persons, initially those of the parents, with whom the individual identifies.
Origin
1920-1925
1920-25
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ego ideal

noun
1.
(psychoanal) an internal ideal of personal perfection that represents what one wants to be rather than what one ought to be and is derived from one's early relationship with one's parents See also superego
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ego-ideal in Medicine

ego ideal n.
In psychoanalytic theory, the part of one's ego that contains an idealized self based on those people, especially parents and peers, one admires and wishes to emulate.

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