Mirrors and Webcams Don’t Accurately Tell Us How We Look

From her practice in Wellesley, Massachusetts, Sherrie Delinsky does battle daily against the dishonesty campaign of the household mirror. Delinsky, a psychologist who specializes in perceptual disorders like body dysmorphia, conducts clinical work in which she asks patients to describe their appearance in the mirror using only neutral assessments. In the local dialect of this particular corner of greater Boston, a shoulder is not weird or bulging but “rounded, spherical;” pores are not so huge that they could host a dip party in which everybody brings a dip and the person with the best one gets to slide down that enormous beak you call a nose, but they may “exist in higher concentration” around your “prominent nostrils.”In other words, the mirror realm can be a safe place to learn about how you look, but the journey there should be guided by a board-certified sherpa, like Delinsky, who can point out pitfalls and poisonous snakes along the way.Besides: Our image of our selves is…


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