EGO IDEAL

The image of the self we would like to be or think we ought to become.The ego ideal comprises our aspirations and goals, as well as our ideals of character and conduct. In the Freudian theory it is an aspect of the superego, or conscience, which is composed of our standards of good and bad, right and wrong.In some individuals, the ego ideal is vague and half-formed; in others it is conscious and clearly formulated. In any case it is an essential and revealing aspect of our personality and helps to define the kind of person we are or wish to become. It has been found that outside observers may be better able to describe our ego ideal than we can, since many of us tend to deceive ourselves about our real values and goals.he ego ideal is primarily the result of our tendency to emulate people or ways of life we admire. Society offers us an unlimited variety of models, beginning with our parents and gradually broadening out to include other relatives, teachers, companions, or persons we read or hear about. These models may range in character from the thoroughly pedestrian to the flamboyant and heroic, and from the most upright to the most irresponsible. But whatever its source or content, our ego ideal is a potent force in determining our behavior and style of life.

Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "EGO IDEAL," in PsychologyDictionary.org, November 28, 2018, https://psychologydictionary.org/ego-ideal-2/ (accessed May 11, 2021).
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