idealized image: Meaning and Definition of

ide'alized im'age

Pronunciation: [key]
— Psychol. Psychol.
  1. a personal standard of perfection against which one's actual thinking, behavior, and appearance are compared.
  2. an exaggerated and unrealistic view of one's virtues and abilities.
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