Lacan writes in his "The Mirror Stage" that we are first conscious of our perceptions when we (as infants) see our reflections in the mirror. This is a distorted image, however, an imago, which the OED defines as an "idealized mental picture of oneself." Lacan often brings up matters of "spatiality" and anatomical "incompleteness" that lead to a fragmented notion of oneself (4). From this incomplete/fragmented perception, and this notion of meconnaissance (an "illusion of autonomy"), the Ego emerges (6). He discusses the "secondariness" of the "I"--how it is secondary to false recognition of oneself (the meconnaissance) and that it provides the "most extensive definition of neurosis" (7).
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