ego ideal

  1. (psychoanalysis) the part of the ego that contains an ideal of personal excellence toward which a person strives
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  • Conscience is a function of the ego ideal, and is critical of failure to live up to the ego ideal.
  • Lacan took up or rather transposed Freud's definition of hypnosis on this second degree level of dialectical reflection between the reciprocally engaged egos and ego ideals.
  • Mostly unconscious, it is composed of the ego ideal and the conscience.
  • Abraham's idea that mania "revers [es]" the "retentive tendency of melancholia": mania celebrates the ego's sudden triumph over both ego ideal and the once-loved, lost, and subsequently introjected object. 'Pleasure is now, and ought to be, your business': Stealing Sexuality in Jane Austen's _Juvenilia_
  • Social feelings arise, too, through identifications with other members of a group who all internalize the same ego ideal.
  • For those people whose ego ideal has ruled them with especial strictness, the group situation can appear particularly attractive.
  • The individual gains no narcissistic gratification from his ego ideal.
  • Consequently he no longer defines it solely as instauration of an object in the position of a subject's ego ideal without any concomitant ego-identification with another object or subject.
  • The ego ideal, or super-ego, results from two important factors, one biological, the other historical.
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