idealized image

noun Psychology.
a personal standard of perfection against which one's actual thinking, behavior, and appearance are compared.
an exaggerated and unrealistic view of one's virtues and abilities. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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But it's the idealized image of the samurai as brave and noble warriors that has survived.
The principal may be experiencing burnout, or realize that his or her idealized image of the role does not match the reality.
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