What Is Primary And Secondary Reflection? Differentiate And Give Example.​

What is Primary and secondary reflection?
Differentiate and give example.​


  • Primary reflection emphasizes the abstraction of something, object, by breaking something analytically into its main constituent parts. It is concerned with essence to solve problems. Whereas secondary reflection is not abstractly, synthetically, it is without dividing.


Self reflection is obtained (primary reflection) from their family environment. For example, primary concepts are obtained not only from their parents, but all family members and friends contribute to the development of a person’s self-concept. The primary concept is the most important and most basic concept, therefore the primary concept develops first than the secondary concept.

There is so much connection between life and reflection. The more we understand the idea of experience in its precise dimensions, actively and even boldly say in its crucial aspect, the better we will understand how experience cannot fail to transform us into reflection, and we are even right to say that the richer the experience, the more also the reflection.

But at this point we have to take it one step further and understand the fact that reflection itself can manifest itself in a person on many levels. Is it more of a primary reflection, or a secondary reflection. Roughly speaking, we can say that where primary reflection tends to dissolve the unity of experience that comes first, the function of secondary reflection is essentially healing, secondary reflection reclaims that unity.

Then someone gets concepts outside the family environment, secondary reflections are beneficial or even detrimental to the individual. But usually the primary self-reflection (which is embedded from the family) can influence a person in choosing the conditions or situations in which secondary self-reflection are formed.

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For example, if religion is introduced in the family, good habits are instilled according to religious commands and prohibitions, then a person can choose a good environmental condition so that secondary self-reflection is also beneficial for him. The extent to which the primary and secondary concepts will be integrated will depend on the degree of continuity between the primary and secondary sociocultural environments themselves. A child who grew up in a family environment where he was the center of attention, but then was forced to change his self-concept in the community or school environment where his position would be very different.

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