^mirroring is a term in psychoanalysis when parent is looking at child and reflects with appreciation child's atributes, and needs. that way child gets sense for Self because his self is acknowledged. You know, a spark in parents eye is what child sees...
Originally Posted by Wikipedia about Kohut
Kohut's book The Analysis of the Self: A Systematic Analysis of the Treatment of the Narcissistic Personality Disorders  "had a significant impact on the field by extending Freud's theory of narcissism and introducing what Kohut called the 'self-object transferences' of mirroring and idealization." In other words, children need to idealize and emotionally "sink into" and identify with the idealized competence of admired figures. They also need to have their self-worth reflected back ("mirrored") by empathic and caregiving others. These experiences allow them to thereby learn the self-soothing and other skills that are necessary for the development of a healthy (cohesive, vigorous) sense of self.
the same some people do to others, draw their potential out, which makes them good conselours...NFs mostly.
I'm probably a companion, but I'm having a hard time understanding what it means by "mirroring another's potential."
companion, then seeker.
BC, this is .... to see the promise in them and then try and show it to them... You mold yourself around them to fit their needs in order to allow them maximal room for positive growth. It fits the enfp chameleon description very well.