Specular image

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specular image (image spÈculaire) When Lacan talks about the

specular image, he is referring to the reflection of one's own body in the

mirror, the image of oneself which is simultaneously oneself and OTHER (the

'little other'). It is by identifying with the specular image that the human baby

-first begins to construct hiS EGo in the MIRROR STAGE. Even when there is no real

    irror, the baby sees its behaviour reflected in the imitative gestures of an

adult or another child; these imitative gestures enable the other person to

function as a specular image. The human being is completely captivated by

  he specular image: this is the basic reason for the power of the imaginary in

Ahe subject, and explains why man projects this image of his body onto all

-ether objects in the world around him (see Lacan, 1975b; see CAPTATION).

  - There  are certain things which have       no specular image, which are not

'specularisable'. These are the phallus, the erogenous zones, and objet petit a.



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