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1. The traditional Freudian psychoanalytic theory of sex-role development that argues that psychological identification with the same-sex parent (as a resolution of the Oedipus complex) is how children learn sex-role behaviours: see gender roles.

2. In Lacanian psychoanalytic theory, the construction of the ego in the mirror phase in which the infant's first sight of their mirror image induces the illusion of a coherent personal identity.

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