When thought process is my attempt to solder

When I select a profile picture to Instagram, I wonder if the way the picture articulates my identity is misrecongized by the big Other. Speaking to this very thought, Lacan (1977) states:It is this moment that decisively tips the whole of human knowledge into meditation through the desire of the other, constitutes its objects in an abstract equivalence by the co-operation of others, and turns the I into that apparatus for which every instinctual thrust constitutes a danger, even though it should correspond to a natural maturation, (p. 5)According to Lacan, this thought process is my attempt to solder the discordance I have created attempting to develop an identity on Instagram converse to the one bursting through the Real. It is a chronic cycle of misrecognition of self (Glendinning, 1999).None of these examples individually comprise my identity. Each of these things reflect the messy and numerous ways I think about who I am. My profile picture either45needs to capture the various intersections of self or potentially privilege one identity over the other. Even when electing to use a picture of my dog as a profile picture (which was later changed a few months after), I symbolically imagined my room littered with clothing, never settling on one presentation of self.Research suggests profile pictures are a critical tool for self-representation and is utilized for social capital and gratification (Joinson, 2008). The choice of a profile picture that is different from the real physical appearance of a person can be used to infer that some form of discrepancy permeates Instagram culture. With the advent of social media, Instagram participants are now endowed with the capability to assume control over their self-presentation and express what they understand to be the most salient aspects of their identity. This opens up avenues for a user’s followers to identify them as a political identity (Sanders & Smith, 2015). The virtual profile picture does not adequately represent our full subjectivity.