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In psychoanalysis, 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.
(Psychoanalysis) 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
Psychoanal. an ideal of personal excellence based on positive identification with parent figures.
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|Noun||1.||ego ideal - (psychoanalysis) the part of the ego that contains an ideal of personal excellence toward which a person strives|
depth psychology, psychoanalysis, analysis - a set of techniques for exploring underlying motives and a method of treating various mental disorders; based on the theories of Sigmund Freud; "his physician recommended psychoanalysis"
ideal - the idea of something that is perfect; something that one hopes to attain