Why Is Seeing Your Own Reflection so Important?
Throughout history, mirrors have been associated with vanity and narcissism. But in everyday life, many people tend to avoid looking at themselves for more than a quick glance. They don’t want to activate their own critical thoughts about their appearance. We are socialized to compare our physical image with ideals and standards. That’s how we typically use mirrors. But, whether we realize it or not, mirrors and reflective surfaces also play an important role in our psychological and emotional functioning:
1. Reflections help us develop our sense of self
2. Reflections allow us to shift our perspective
3. Reflections make us less socially awkward
4. Reflections ground us in our bodies
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