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In the mirror stage the infant sees its reflection in the mirror as a whole/synthesis, and this perception causes, by contrast, the perception of its own body (which lacks motor coordination at this stage) as divided and fragmented.

Freudian Dictionary

All perceptions which come about through painful, tactile, and auditory, or visual stimuli are the more likely to be conscious.[1]


All perceptions which are received from without (sense-perceptions) and from within-what we call sensations and feelings-are Cs from the start.[2]

Perception, Internal

Internal perceptions yield sensations of processes arising in the most diverse and certainly also in the deepest strata of the mental apparatus. [3]

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