(In Freudian theory) the part of the mind which imposes on itself concepts of ideal behaviour developed from parental and social standards.
- Freud considered that, in mania, the split between the ego-ideal and the ego was abolished.
- In psychoanalytic terms, the scale indicates the extent to which parents serve as their child's identification object or ego-ideal, as well as the degree to which parental authority is viewed as an instrument of learning.
- The therapist becomes internalized in place of the existing ego-ideal, which is based on past identification with others, perhaps the parents; then the analysand become less guilty.
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