Does a Mirror cause anxiety and depression ?

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May 30, 2017 by 45kj0

Jaiya Jones / Inglewood, CA

A mirror is a reflective surface , now typically of glass coated with with a metal amalgam, that reflects a clear image. Anything that’s shown in front of it will be reflected. Mirrors are through out the entire world; restaurants, stores, cars, etc . So, looking into a mirror is a daily part of an average person’s routine . Doctors and researchers have gotten together and questioned if mirrors were a cause of depression and anxiety. Now, some say why would a object be a cause of serious conditions like these? Well, a woman looks in the mirror at least 38 times a day , some do it out of sheer vanity as myself , and some do it because they are anxious about the way they look and will do whatever to change it. As you stare into the mirror, you began to notice little things about yourself , like pimples or your nose getting bigger , which causes you to stress more about your appearance.

Researchers came in and had volunteers gaze into a mirror for a measured amount of time (ten minutes each time). Each time period they spent in the mirror they became more and more anxious and more depressed about the way they looked , even though before the experiment, they were perfectly happy with themselves. Scientists explained that the research was in fact surprising , because they thought that it would only affect volunteers who were already diagnosed with Body Dysmorphic Disorder . Body Dysmorphic Disorder is a psychological disorder in which a person becomes obsessed with imaginary defects in their appearance .

Later, after reading the scientist discoveries, I decided to go and try it on the people that live in my household. Before I started the experiment, I told them a joke in order to make them laugh, so that before I asked them to stand in the mirror I knew they would be happy. I asked my auntie to stand in the mirror for 2 minutes, after the time was up I asked her  “Do you want to change anything you see?” and she replied with “No! I’M POPPING!” I asked her to stand in front of the mirror for 10 minutes, after the time was up, I asked her the same exact question, and she replied with, “yeah I need my eyebrows done, and I need to start working out again.” Not only did the answer completely change, but her entire demeanor changed. The first time she replied, I notice she had more confidence and had very high self esteem. The second time, the smile she had from her first answer was no longer there, she hesitated , and took a lot longer to reply then the first answer.
I did the exact same thing with my grandmother, and after the 2 minute trial, she responded with, “No, I wouldn’t change nothing really.” After the 10 minute trial, she responded with, “Make sure you put Vaseline on your face, keep it moist, or it’s gonna be old and ugly like mine.” My grandma kind of brushed it off , but still was affected by it emotionally.
So, in conclusion, a mirror is in fact one of the causes of depression and anxiety .

 

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