Starting Literature Review in Qualitative Research: An Illustration Using the Mirror Effect

  • Wing Yee Ho


Mirroring is a group phenomenon. Through action, people can recognize themselves, or a characteristic of themselves (usually the repressed side), reflected in the verbal and nonverbal behaviors in others as if they were looking into a mirror. It is a fundamental process in the development of the ego. By distinguishing themselves from others, clients discover their own identity, which is what makes them individual. Positive, benign mirroring is implemented as a way to develop new self-image through the “constructive act of recognizing self in others, and others in self….


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Social and Behavioural SciencesCity University of Hong KongKowloon Tong, Hong KongChina

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