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In The Mind’s Eye

9 comments | May 17th, 2012

(submitted by Chan, a Chestist, an OOC rewwind)

Sometimes what we think we see and what we think others see may not be the same thing.  Sometimes that's good; sometimes it sucks.  Here's what one reader sent us:

"I have this… thing where, in my mind's eye, I'm thinner than I actually am.  Catching a glimpse of myself in the mirror can be devastating.  It's not that I don't know I'm overweight: I just don't *see* myself that way, so when it's shoved in my face, it's startling to say the least." [end of story.]

Does anyone else have this mind's-eye glitch? What's the difference – if any – between what you see in the mirror and what's in your mind's eye?

9 comments

  • Cleo

    Posted on May 23, 2011

    I pretty much see me as I was oh, say, 10 years ago. No lines, no bags, younger.

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  • Vi

    Posted on May 23, 2011

    Cleo and I must be related. We see the same thing.

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  • Julia

    Posted on May 23, 2011

    I am frozen in time at 24. I haven’t been 24 for 14 years.

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  • Stef

    Posted on May 23, 2011

    I think I’ve always seen what the mirror gives back to me, but worse never better. I see my flaws like they were on a movie screen, just all HUGE and ugly.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted on May 23, 2011

    Sometimes it’s what I do not see. I do not see the 10 lbs I really need to lose, unless I really look. My mind’s eye is skinnier than my mirror’s.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted on June 3, 2011

    My friends tell me I’m pretty and skinny but I don’t see it when I look in the mirror. I see small boobs, weird feet and a belly. So I stop for a second and think about the things inside me that I’m proud of. I’m intelligent, I’m funny, I’m kind and I work hard to be the best I can be. I think those things count for a lot more than my insecurities.

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  • Lynne Dawson

    Posted on May 18, 2012

    I celebrated the big three-five 6 months ago so for me it’s not so much about my weight but my age. In my head I am still 25 even if in the mirror I’m 10 years older.

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