Published Online: 30 JAN 2010
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Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology
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Cooper, S. H. 2010. Idealization. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1.
- Published Online: 30 JAN 2010
The concept of idealization has been elaborated as part of a process that allows for identification and eventual separation from parents during development as well as a part of the therapeutic process. Whereas idealization was once regarded as a homogenous phenomenon, most current psychological approaches consider there to be a variety of kinds of idealization that may serve multiple functions both during development and the therapeutic process.