My brain wondered off the other day and I began to think about self-image. I thought about the way we see ourselves. What do we see? Is that what others’ see? or what about on camera? or What is the different between what the eye picks up and what we pick up in the mirror? I was so interested in this.. this is what I found
.. knowmyself.com tells us the way our eyes perceives different objects including our own picture in a mirror is subject to so many modifications that are done by the brain before we actually see those objects.
In Other words, you might look in a mirror and never see how the real you looks like! Confused yet?
Mirrors flip your image. The You you’re most familiar with, then, is actually an exact opposite of how you look to others. Granted, it’s an intuitive reversal, so it doesn’t bother us when we see it, but it implants a self-image that’s intrinsically wrong. On top of that, there’s the problem of perspective. People stand close to mirrors, but see their whole selves. Just because you look a certain way from three feet away doesn’t mean you’ll look the same from 15.
Heres some more reasons why a mirror cannot tell us what we really look like:
• 1) Distracted perception: Your brain always modifies the images you see before you see them. When was the last time you saw a close friend then upon coming closer to him you found that he is someone else? Your brain alters the visual signals you receive then send you the modified images. In other words if you think that you are fat you can actually see yourself fat in the mirror even if you were actually slim. People who suffer from anorexia nervosa always see themselves in a different way in the mirror than the way others see them.
• 2) You see what you are scared of: If you fear dogs for example then i am sure it happened to you more than once that you thought that a bag or any other object was a dog. Our perception is always alerted by our brains to help us find the objects or the things we fear faster in order to be able to protect ourselves from possible threats. Now if you fear looking old then most probably you will see yourself looking older in the mirror even if you still look young
• 3) Focusing on what you don't like: Once your brain focuses on an object it appears bigger and more important than its really is. If you don't like a scar on your face for example then you are very likely to see it bigger than its really is when you look in the mirror. The same happens when you dislike any of your facial features, you just see them in totally different way than the way others see them.
• 4) Discarding important data: When you dislike a person you usually overlook all the good things he does and only focus on the bad ones. The same kind of deletion happens with your face and body. In the Solid Self confidence program said that people who don't like their looks usually skip their good looking features or body parts and only focus on the ones they don't like.
• 5) Your mood affects the way you see things: If you looked in the mirror right after doing great in a test or making any other achievement then you will find yourself more attractive than you really are while if you looked in the mirror while you were already down then most probably you will see yourself through a different lens
What about cameras?
According to sociable7.com, The camera does actually add ten pounds! Camera sensors may be absorbing the same photons as our eyes, but they’re doing so through a complex lens that can actually change the way you look. People see us in a “3D Perspective”. A camera sees in 2D while the human eye in 3D. This means that when we see with our eyes we see height, width and depth. With a camera we only see height and width. There is no way to have the depth in the picture as a photograph is a flat medium. With two eyes, the human brain is able to see the three dimensional aspects of someone’s face, even when viewed directly from the front, and it gives much more information than cameras. The face may appear to be fuller than it actually is in real life. The lens seems to bloat the centre by a fraction, but that fraction is sometimes a little too much. Since the lens-bloating isn’t easily identifiable, people will instantly assume you’ve put on a bit.
How do others’ see us vs how we sometimes see ourselves?
Well I wanted to end with this video, to give you a little idea. :)
Have a Blessed Monday!