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Offline JCKN173

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Why don't I recognise myself in the mirror?
« on: 17/11/2015 09:09:26 »
A lot of the time when I look at myself in the mirror it just doesn't really look like me, it's like I can see that it's me but something is off.

Anyone know anything about this?
« Last Edit: 17/11/2015 09:31:46 by chris »


 

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Re: Why don't I recognise myself in the mirror?
« Reply #1 on: 17/11/2015 09:32:18 »
Is this an acute thing (ie just started) or something that you've been noticing for a long time?
 

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Re: Why don't I recognise myself in the mirror?
« Reply #2 on: 17/11/2015 10:13:30 »
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Is this an acute thing (ie just started) or something that you've been noticing for a long time?

Just started recently.
 

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Re: Why don't I recognise myself in the mirror?
« Reply #3 on: 17/11/2015 18:48:39 »
... when I look at myself in the mirror it just doesn't really look like me, it's like I can see that it's me but something is off.

Anyone know anything about this?

I think the keyword you're looking for is "depersonalization" ...

Quote from: wikipedia.org
Individuals who experience depersonalization feel divorced from their own personal physicality by sensing their body sensations, feelings, emotions and behaviors as not belonging to the same person or identity ... Also, a recognition of a self break down (hence the name).
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Depersonalization
 

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Re: Why don't I recognise myself in the mirror?
« Reply #4 on: 17/11/2015 22:17:40 »
Just out of curiosity:

Have you noticed any other problems in recognizing faces in general?

Have you had any odd sensations regarding friends or relatives (someone you have an emotional attachment to) like the feeling that it's them, but not quite "really" them?

Do you  notice any other unusual problems regarding recognizing objects in mirrors, or the direction of movement of objects when they are reflected in mirrors?
 

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Re: Why don't I recognise myself in the mirror?
« Reply #5 on: 18/11/2015 00:58:38 »
Just out of curiosity:

Have you noticed any other problems in recognizing faces in general?

Have you had any odd sensations regarding friends or relatives (someone you have an emotional attachment to) like the feeling that it's them, but not quite "really" them?

Do you  notice any other unusual problems regarding recognizing objects in mirrors, or the direction of movement of objects when they are reflected in mirrors?

No not at all, when I look at myself something is off, it's really weird.
 

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Re: Why don't I recognise myself in the mirror?
« Reply #6 on: 20/11/2015 22:35:45 »
I've noticed that, while I'm no older, my reflection has become more grey and wrinkled over the last couple decades. Mysterious.
 

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Re: Why don't I recognise myself in the mirror?
« Reply #7 on: 22/11/2015 05:07:36 »
I've noticed that, while I'm no older, my reflection has become more grey and wrinkled over the last couple decades. Mysterious.

As silly as it sounds, I remember my grandmother saying that at times she'd "forget" she was old, and feel this strange surprise when she looked in the mirror. Maybe our mental concept of ourselves doesn't keep perfect pace with physical changes.
 

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Re: Why don't I recognise myself in the mirror?
« Reply #8 on: 22/11/2015 09:36:23 »
... I remember my grandmother saying that at times she'd "forget" she was old, and feel this strange surprise when she looked in the mirror. Maybe our mental concept of ourselves doesn't keep perfect pace with physical changes.

In many cases of senile-dementia their software reverts to an earlier version, e.g. granny tries to leave the old-folks-home, insisting she must go to collect her kids from school,  when her children are actually middle-aged.
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Re: Why don't I recognise myself in the mirror?
« Reply #9 on: 06/12/2015 10:45:33 »
Bone loss, osteoporosis, can cause facial appearance to change.  You could be noticing this and/or have an instinct that your body chemistry requires dietary changes.
 

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