ego ideal

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(psychoanalysis) the part of the ego that contains an ideal of personal excellence toward which a person strives

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1) Retroactivity (temporality), ideal ego, and ego ideal are brought together in Lacan's (2006) graph of desire.
By Mulvey's estimation, First Cinema devised the star-system in order to produce ideal egos in the mold of a more perfect mirror-image; centered in narrative space and time, glamorized actors and actresses play at the roles of "ordinary" people--at once recognized and rnis-recognized by the public they allege to portray.
In Chiesa's words: "if the ideal ego is the projection of the ego's ideal image onto the external world .
Zizek attaches this father to "an Otherness" (Ticklish Subject 314) that is not the Other of the Imaginary or Symbolic, not the father as either Imaginary ideal ego or Symbolic ego ideal.
The moi is the intrinsically unified ideal ego which is made visible in identificatory objects, that is in ego ideals, and which "becomes consolidated as the residue of physical, social, and parental identifications" (Frye 189).
The personality traits contributing to openness operate on the first level through the ego's navigation of (1) a realignment of the twin ideals of ego ideal (yearning for perfection) and ideal ego (inflated sense of self, and (2) successive deintegrations (Fordham) to accommodate newly consolidated growth.
This essay presents a developmental portrait of the child's entry into language, an event that irremediably splits the child into a speaking subject (a je) decentered from an ideal ego (moi) whose unattainable image of perfection the child narcissistically wishes to find reflected by others, especially the mother.
it is the very symbolic function of the father which is increasingly undermined--that is, which is losing its performative efficiency; for that reason, a father is no longer perceived as one's Ego Ideal, the (more or less failed, inadequate) bearer of symbolic authority, but as one's ideal ego, imaginary competitor.
The ideal ego is the individual's fabrication of a cohesive self, constructed out of the narcissistic residue of the individuation process gone awry.
The ego, which is first formed according to the image of the body, is continually reformed through its identifications with the images of others, who act as mirrors or ideal egos for it.