Although Freud uses three distinct terms for the agency that pushes the subject to act ethically--he speaks of the ideal ego
(Idealich), ego ideal (Ich-Ideal), and superego (Uberich)--as a rule he conflated the three (he often uses the expression Ichideal oder Idealich (ego ideal or ideal ego
), and the title of chapter III of The Ego and the Id is "The Ego and Superego (Ego Ideal).
Schema L illustrates the structure of intersubjectivity and defines the relations of his terms Subject (je), ideal ego
(moi), other (as object), and Other (as language).
Regardless of the original source of the oceanic experience of fusion, the ego ideal and the ideal ego are twin representations of it, in which there is no distinction between self and other and the universe itself is experienced as self.
Hanly (1984) suggests that the ideal ego is relatively strong and the ego ideal is relatively weak in individuals with borderline, narcissistic and neurotic disorders, and that health comes when ego ideal begins to eclipse ideal ego.
By Mulvey's estimation, First Cinema devised the star-system in order to produce ideal egos
in the mold of a more perfect mirror-image; centered in narrative space and time, glamorized actors and actresses play at the roles of "ordinary" people--at once recognized and rnis-recognized by the public they allege to portray.