Thompson famously pronounced, perhaps there was a tendency to overidealize
Russian workers in their revolutionary moment, overlooking "darker" shades of criminality, alcoholism, brute violence, misogyny, and political apathy.
In Chapter 10, the various denizens of hell on holiday in heaven in The Great Divorce illustrate the "transforming imagination" which "has a tendency to overidealize
and project inflated expectations onto the objects of its affection" (140).
As Kis's novel evolves, it becomes increasingly evident that Andi cannot shed his narcissistic tendency to overidealize
his father and, ultimately, himself.
By encouraging him to overidealize
, they are teaching him, in the words of Otto Kernberg, to "create only fantastic ideals of power, greatness, and perfection, and not the more realistic demands and goals that would be brought about by superego integration" (35).