Populations of Misre/Cognition

Por: Siobhan F. Guerrero McManus 

When Jacques Lacan coined the term “méconnaisance” or “misrecognition,” hewasreferringtothewayinwhichamaturingsubjectcomestounderstand his or her encounter with his or her own reflection in the mirror—a psychodevelopmental period also known as The Mirror Stage; this encounter, as Lacan ([1949] 2009) theorized, leads to the emergence of an idealized projectionofwho the subjectis. This “Ideal I” thatemergesfromthis encounter with the virtual Other, that is nonetheless the Self, produces both a recognition and a mis-recognition of this “I”.

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