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The mirror and the self 


Like Narcissus, every time people gaze into the mirror, intoxicated by their appearance. A barrier of metal-coated glass separated 2space, a recording surface for visual perceptions and the internal physic context of the mirror. The mirroring process can represent a working model of the mind. Just like Freud use the mental apparatus to compared the visual instruments, like the camera and telescope, while the basic principle is mirror.

Mirror, the object reflected the image of self and others. The two worlds outside to the mind: the world of the body and self, and the world of the environment outside the body, must be internalized and stored as mnemic images. Similarly, like the Plato’s allegory of the Cave, a group of people who have lived chained to the wall of a cave all of their lives, facing a blank wall. The people watch shadows projected on the wall from objects passing in front of a fire behind them, and give names to these shadows. The sensory, visually, shadow represent the reality. So as mirror.

A dictionary definition of reflection brings up two meanings based on ‘mirrors’ or ‘thinking’. Shengold (1974) believed that the mirror was a metaphor for the mind which reflected the image of self and others. Pines (1984) described mirroring in group psychoanalysis as a process of objective self-reflection. In western philosophies, the psyche is seen as a mirror of reality.

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