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What do we really look like?

If we see a different image of ourselves depending on what reflective surface/mirror we are looking in, how can we know how we really, trully look like?

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    Mar 1 2014: These are very good examples. Another method to see yourself would be to take all your measurements and then create a look-alike mannequin. the face is the hardest to recreate, but there are techniques to serve this scope. That's why there are Wax figures in museums.
    Going around the idea a little bit, there are people who actually perceive a distorted image of themselves all the time, no matter what they are looking at themselves in. The consequences can be quite dangerous; an anorexic woman would see herself as being fat, although in reality she's very thin. A person with body dysmorphic disorder has negative thoughts about his/her appearance. A good mirror or a photo or a wax figure won't help them change the way they see themselves...
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      Mar 1 2014: The examples you give are too complicated. A simple way to know how you truly look is to take a picture of yourself then flip it. The iphone does this automatically.
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        Mar 1 2014: Take two photos of yourself in two different locations, different moments of the day. You'll see that they are not the same, you don't look the same. Sometimes in some photos you won't even believe it's you...

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