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ego-ideal

Pronunciation: e'go-i-del'

Definition: In psychoanalysis, the coalescence in the superego of internal representations of what one ought to be, arising from aspects of an admired parent and/or hero figure, a concept of self that would gain maximal approval from valued authority figures, and a concept of those actions that are necessary to attain valued relationships with significant others.

See: ego, persona

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