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Mirror Stage of Identity Development

  • In: Encyclopedia of Identity
  • Edited by: Ronald L. Jackson II & Michael A. Hogg
  • Subject:Self & Identity, Identity, Self & Identity

Jacques Lacan originated the theoretical concepts of a mirror stage of child and identity development, whereby a child identifies with an idealized self as a means of healthy development. These theoretical ideas focused on his interest in bringing together and reformulating key elements of Freudian thought: advancing the use of psychoanalysis as a means of healing, and developing both a metapsychology convincing enough to be used in diagnosing mental illness and a sufficiently coherent model of human ...

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