A reflex action, differently known as a reflex, is an involuntary and nearly instantaneous movement in response to a stimulus. Some people use the term "reflex" to mean a behavior that is mediated via the reflex arc; this does not apply to casual uses of the term 'reflex'.
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“No sooner does a great man depart, and leave his character as public property, than a crowd of little men rushes towards it. There they are gathered together, blinking up to it with such vision as they have, scanning it from afar, hovering round it this way and that, each cunningly endeavouring, by all arts, to catch some reflex of it in the little mirror of himself.”
—Thomas Carlyle (17951881)
“As a medium of exchange,... worrying regulates intimacy, and it is often an appropriate response to ordinary demands that begin to feel excessive. But from a modernized Freudian view, worryingas a reflex response to demandnever puts the self or the objects of its interest into question, and that is precisely its function in psychic life. It domesticates self-doubt.”
—Adam Phillips, British child psychoanalyst. Worrying and Its Discontents, in On Kissing, Tickling, and Being Bored, p. 58, Harvard University Press (1993)
“The theatre is the involuntary reflex of the ideas of the crowd.”
—Sarah Bernhardt (18451923)