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imaginaryis one the three ordersthat structurehumanexistence, the others being the symbolicand the real.
Revision as of 02:56, 23 October 2006
In the mirror stage, the hcild identifies with the specular iamge, and this inaugurates the series of identifications that will consturct the ego.
The child is literally captivated by a specular other thanks to an identification which is also an alienation.
The imaginary is thus the realm in which self and other merge, and in which identity is grounded in a mere semblance of unity.
The imaginary is not a stage which is overcome or transcended, and is a cosntant presence in the lives of human subjects.
It arises with the mirror stage but extends far into the adult individual's experience of others and of the external world.