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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?

  • Mar 6 2014: Physically, a mirror or picture will show you one perspective. The actual vision of what we look like, we must be able to see ourselves through the eyes of others.
  • Mar 6 2014: To truly see what you really look like you need to find the best mirror possible and take a picture of yourself. After you have done that you then need to flip the image horizontally. This is because mirrors flip the reflection. Doing this process you will be able to see what you "Truly" look like, or how other people see how you look, trust me on this you think you are gonna look really weird, sometimes you even look like a different person based on your facial aspects.
  • Mar 1 2014: Practically speaking, a modern (well, 800 years old, but relatively modern) glass mirror can give you the same image as other see when looking at you.

    So even if, hypothetically, you look completely different from what the mirror shows, if others and yourself see you the same way, does it really matter?
  • Mar 1 2014: We can't.
  • Mar 3 2014: Take pictures or video has been helpful to me and yes as the light changes even two pictures close together can change drastically in an instant because of the reflection of light, background or settings on the camera.
  • Mar 2 2014: Hi Dear Maria,your quesiton reminds me:what do wel really look like?it is dynamic,flexible,we should see it or anything else in the same way in this world be positive.
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    Mar 1 2014: well, we can sort of feel our face, can't we, the nerves in our face have feeling so we feel its shape and that tells us what we look like, plus we feel our face with our hands?
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      Mar 1 2014: That's what blind people do
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        Mar 2 2014: well, I meant we can see if the image in the mirror matches the way our face feels to us, or the way our face feels to our hands?

        plus, maria, with certain mirrors the image we see in the mirror of other things matches the way those things look to our eyes without a mirror. For example, if you hold your hand up to a mirror and your hand looks the same in the mirror as it looks to your eyes without the mirror, then you can be pretty sure the mirror is accurately reflecting your face? Or if your clothes in the mirror look the same as they look to your eye without a mirror, then you can be pretty sure the mirror is giving you an accurate picture of your face?
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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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    Feb 28 2014: Any identical twin could verify for you that mirrors do a very good job. Nobody who looks directly at the two boys can tell them apart, and one brother can verify that the other brother looks quite like his own reflection in the mirror.

    Another experiment might be to look at your dog head on and then look at his reflection in the mirror. That is probably about how close you look to your reflection in the mirror.

    If it is a distorted mirror, like a fun house mirror, you can hold up an object like a piece of paper. Seeing how the mirror distorts the dimensions of the piece of paper should allow you to "correct" the image you see of yourself to capture your real dimensions.