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Can you not pass in front of a mirror without glancing at your image? David J. Lieberman, specialist on human behaviour and doctor in psychology, explains. The reasons of this behaviour can be misleading and are often misunderstood. In most of cases, it is not only a case of vanity. You look for your own reflection because it is your unique source of psychic food.

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What do you see when you look at yourself in the mirror?

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When you look at yourself in a mirror, what you see depends on the quality of that mirror. Similarly, our mental images of ourselves help determine how we react to daily highs and lows of life. If we think of ourselves as worthwhile and valued, that quality will come across to other people. Molded by both internal and external forces, our self-image makes a huge difference in how we feel and act. Think about how you would describe yourself to a stranger. Would you emphasize your keen sense of humor or physical features you're fond of?

Or would you spend more time on supposed "trouble spots? Why does it matter how you see yourself? Keeping our bodies healthy through proper diet and exercise improves how we feel physically and enhances our quality of life.

Our mental wellness is equally vital for attaining personal fulfillment. A healthy state of mind fosters a positive self-image, which then encourages balanced relationships and sound decision-making skills [source: American Psychological Association ]. But a healthy body and mind don't operate independently -- we should nurture both because they affect each other.

If all of this sounds a little too Zen for your taste, consider this. In a study of teenage girls' self-image, participants who rated themselves as socially unpopular were 69 percent more likely to gain weight than those who considered themselves popular [source: Psychiatric Annals ]. Other research has found that people with a positive self-image are less likely to engage in unprotected sex as well.

What if you only ate one type of food for the rest of your life? What if Humans Could Breathe Underwater? What are the elements that create our self-image? Focus often turns to how we compare our bodies to ideal physiques.

But body image is just one part of the complete picture. Our personal experiences, relationships, choices and attitudes all contribute to the whole. It's essentially how we evaluate our strengths and weaknesses, as well as how we define our character. To get a better understanding of this mind-body connection, let's take a closer look at one of the most measurable facets of our mental picture: body image.

How accurate is our mental image of ourselves? What we see in the mirror can be different from what others perceive when they look at us. See more pictures of emotions. What If?

Nina Burrowes

When you look at yourself in a mirror, what you see depends on the quality of that mirror. Similarly, our mental images of ourselves help determine how we react to daily highs and lows of life. If we think of ourselves as worthwhile and valued, that quality will come across to other people. Molded by both internal and external forces, our self-image makes a huge difference in how we feel and act. Think about how you would describe yourself to a stranger.

One might wonder why is it that when you see writing through a mirror that the writing is backwards, but not upside down. Here we try to understand why it is we see objects in reflected from mirrors as we do.

In fact even while choosing what to wear before stepping out of our homes, we are more worried about others and their preferences. In the past few days, just ask yourself how much time have you really spent thinking about yourself and what you like doing. No, not about your performance at work. No, not the time you spent scrolling through your Facebook News Feed.

Looking at Objects Reflected from Mirrors

When you wake up and look in the mirror, do you smile at yourself? Do you inhale confidence and exhale beauty? Or, do you sigh, and look at the monotonous life around you and allow it to influence how you look at yourself? Mirrors are tricky. Not only do they reflect the things standing before them, but they do so while constructing false realities—not necessarily good ones. That said, what if we chose to speak differently and think differently? What if our expectations circled on something different, other than imperfections we wish were nonexistent? Your eyes. Before looking into the mirror, close your eyes. And as you open them, look directly into them.

What 9 People See When They Look In The Mirror

As a consumer product, it is harmless, even noble in its clear-eyed ambition: to tell the truth. Most importantly, it has but one simple job, which is to reveal the face of anyone who looks into it—not flipped, as it would be in any old mirror, but as the face appears to others. Left ear on the right, right eye on the left, crooked nose as crooked as it appears in broad daylight. Which is why I have nothing against the mirror itself—how could I? How unsettling , I thought, and then: I need to see it.

What do you see when you look at yourself in the mirror?

A moment to look back at the year that has gone and look forward to the year ahead. But reflection is more art than science. My visual system is inaccurate and incomplete. My range of vision is limited to a narrow spectrum of visible light.

Who Do You See When You Look in the Mirror? A Boomer’s Guide to Loving Your Face

Looking in a mirror is often a transformative experience, but whether that transformation is positive or negative depends on so many factors, both external and internal. I can look in the mirror six times in a day and see something different each time. And while I have grown to embrace and even love my reflection, that took a lot of work and a lot of practice.

But hey, times change and change is the only certain thing in life. I explored the selfie world and played with it myself. I say, go with the flow! The responses to my selfie article shocked, surprised and saddened me. There was so much self-hatred, it literally pained me. My face is rubbish.

How accurate is our mental image of ourselves?

Mirrors can evoke strong feelings in us — and they can also be incredibly powerful tools for changing our perspective and seeing parts of ourselves that are usually hidden as we look out into the world. Our desire to be seen and reflected is basic and innate. As children, we learn to understand ourselves through the reflections of those around us. In fact, psychologists have found that face-to-face contact is essential for our social and emotional development. As we spend more time alone and on our devices, we miss out on this social reflection.

But reflection is more art than science. When I look in the mirror I can't assume that what I see is an accurate representation of reality. My visual system is.

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Experts Explain Why We Always Look Better in the Mirror

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Comments: 4
  1. Kihn

    It not a joke!

  2. Mautaur

    Bravo, what words..., an excellent idea

  3. Voodoolkis

    The nice answer

  4. Dokora

    I can not participate now in discussion - there is no free time. But I will be released - I will necessarily write that I think on this question.

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