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Princeton's WordNet

  1. idealization, idealisation, glorificationnoun

    a portrayal of something as ideal

    "the idealization of rural life was very misleading"

  2. idealization, idealisationnoun

    (psychiatry) a defense mechanism that splits something you are ambivalent about into two representations--one good and one bad

  3. idealization, idealisationnoun

    something that exists only as an idea


  1. idealizationnoun

    The act or process of idealizing.

  2. idealizationnoun

    The representation of natural objects, scenes, etc., in such a way as to show their most important characteristics; the study of the ideal.


  1. idealization

    Psychoanalytic theory posits that an individual unable to integrate difficult feelings mobilizes specific defenses to overcome these feelings, which the individual perceives to be unbearable. The defense that effects (brings about) this process is called splitting. Splitting is the tendency to view events or people as either all bad or all good. When viewing people as all good, the individual is said to be using the defense mechanism idealization: a mental mechanism in which the person attributes exaggeratedly positive qualities to the self or others. When viewing people as all bad, the individual employs devaluation: attributing exaggeratedly negative qualities to the self or others. In child development, idealization and devaluation are quite normal. During the childhood development stage, individuals become capable of perceiving others as complex structures, containing both good and bad components. If the development stage is interrupted (by early childhood trauma, for example), these defense mechanisms may persist into adulthood.


  1. idealization

    Idealization is a mental or psychological process where one attributes exaggeratedly positive qualities to oneself, a person, an object, or a situation, often ignoring or downplaying any negative or undesirable aspects. It is a concept frequently used in psychology, philosophy and sociology. It's often used to simplify complex, real-world situations in theories or models to make them easier to understand or predict.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Idealizationnoun

    the act or process of idealizing

  2. Idealizationnoun

    the representation of natural objects, scenes, etc., in such a way as to show their most important characteristics; the study of the ideal


  1. Idealization

    Idealization is the process by which scientific models assume facts about the phenomenon being modeled that are strictly false but make models easier to understand or solve. That is, it is determined whether the phenomenon approximates an "ideal case," then the model is applied to make a prediction based on that ideal case. If an approximation is accurate, the model will have high predictive accuracy; for example, it is not usually necessary to account for air resistance when determining the acceleration of a falling bowling ball, and doing so would be more complicated. In this case, air resistance is idealized to be zero. Although this is not strictly true, it is a good approximation because its effect is negligible compared to that of gravity. Idealizations may allow predictions to be made when none otherwise could be. For example, the approximation of air resistance as zero was the only option before the formulation of Stokes' law allowed the calculation of drag forces. Many debates surrounding the usefulness of a particular model are about the appropriateness of different idealizations.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of idealization in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of idealization in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

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