The roles of the ego were bound to behavioral norms of a society; in the modern period these persist in front of the mirror. This mirror served as a medium of social adaptation and also as a vehicle for the secret wish that one might here encounter the self. To quote sabine melchior-bonnet, this “ tension between both” produces the experience of the self. Even in front of the mirror the self is not alone, but feels itself observed by society's gaze. “The right to gaze upon oneself was subject to moral controls.” Here observers were subject to censorship, which they had already internalized.