Even with a helpful number of resources, absorbing all the content in Lacan's essay was an arduous endeavor to embark on. If I were to address a key theme or underlying principal, it's based off the distortion between identification and serving as an object of multiple identifiers. In other words, we're "certainty more constituent than constituted", which proposes that we struggle to embody a whole rather than to be the whole. A human beings first gaze at his or her own reflection is an expression of "situational apperception", Churning the start of deep seeded intellectual development. One of the pressing fundamentals of the mirror stage is segregated between producing a sense of self and adhering to a skewed interpretation of what we're led to believe constitutes our behavior and being. This notion can be exemplified based on the conceptualization of an "ideal I", which is the unfiltered byproduct of desire, left to be chased, but never obtained by man or woman cloaked in outside objectivity and interpretation "The symbolic matrix in which the I is precipitated in a primordial form, before it is objectified in the dialectic of identification with that other, and before language restores to it, in the universal, its function as subject." The mirror I is reconstituted in a socially woven edit of what comprised our former selves before ego could grow wings. Fragmented body image, or to rephrase, the distortion between acknowledging who you are and inability to express who you are is legitimized under the pretenses of being far too infantile to configure meaning and understanding. The conflict of illusion shows its colors when body and ego pry for dominance. Each mangled by a competition to manifest a human's psyche, fertilizing brain soil with uncertainties and convoluted introspection. Lacan's essay was a formidable challenge to take on and read, and while I feel i grasped some concepts, others elude me. I'm interested in unfolding his theories in class.
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