the battle between inner mental image and outer reality and ultimately, losing the battle with reality, preferring the inner mental image instead.

I like your take on reflection without integration: I was thinking more in terms of somebody who did not see themselves as others see them but in more of a pitiful manner: For example, someone who has extreme cognitive dissonance when they look at the person in the mirror and cannot believe how old the person staring back is.. or how they’ve changed: the battle between inner mental image and outer reality and ultimately, losing the battle with reality, preferring the inner mental image instead.

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