idealization

[ahy-dee-uh-luh-zey-shuhn]
noun
1.
the act or process of idealizing something.
2.
Psychoanalysis. a mental mechanism, operating consciously or unconsciously, in which one person overestimates an admired attribute of another.

Origin:
1790–1800; idealize + -ation

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idealization or idealisation (aɪˌdɪəlaɪˈzeɪʃən)
 
n
1.  the representation of something as ideal
2.  a conception of something that dwells on its advantages and ignores its deficiencies
3.  a general theoretical account of natural phenomena that ignores features that are difficult to accommodate within a theory
 
idealisation or idealisation
 
n

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Development of the self proceeds along three lines: grandiosity, alter ego, and idealization.
These multiple precision results are an idealization.
They also reported more commitment-related romantic beliefs but less romantic idealization.
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