Jose Cordovez

Jose Cordovez: The Death of “Me”

Long before the child can articulate the thought "that's me," their sense of being situated in the world develops when an image of their physical self establishes itself in the psyche--related to images of other elements around the world. This image doesn't necessarily have to be put in place by way of an experience with an actual mirror. Other experiences: the attention of the mother to the child, for example, can give rise to the image of the “self” as a separate entity. The mirror stage is not only a passing phase of human psychological development but also a model for the relationship between the "I" and the image of ourselves. We need this in order to establish relationships with other people and in order to negotiate the physical and social reality of our world. We are constantly forming a link between the subject's psyche and the world outside. -Lacan

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