idealization idealization


  1. (n) a portrayal of something as ideal
  2. (n) (psychiatry) a defense mechanism that splits something you are ambivalent about into two representations--one good and one bad
  3. (n) something that exists only as an idea



  1. We're talking about the idealization of a single mom.
  2. Widows struggle with the idealization that naturally comes when you lose a spouse, because love and quite often guilt floods that space.
  3. So the men whose idealization is a little creepy have a lot to hide behind.


  1. "Generally, on television, parents tend to be a lot more patient and a lot more interested in every utterance their darling child makes than in real life," said Coleman, who turned 49 on Wednesday. "So there's a kind of idealization of my...
    on Feb 22, 2007 By: Jack Coleman Source: New York Daily News

  2. Byrd describes the new piece as having to do with "romance and idealization," while he plans a cast of one woman and eight men.
    on Jun 22, 2007 By: Donald Byrd Source: Chicago Tribune

  3. Barney describes that as "the internalization and idealization of the paternal phallus."
    on Jun 7, 2007 By: Matthew Barney Source: Bloomberg

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