October 10, 2009

Mirror Experiment- Day 3

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , at 12:07 pm by kellyfdennis

glass-wall-of-office-building-100188547Yesterday was day 3, the completion of the “no mirror” experiment. On one hand it was easier…I don’t see clients on Fridays.  Therefore, I didn’t stress about the clothing selection, jeans and t-shirt are always ok for me.  I just let my hair do its own thing.  I didn’t do eyeliner, only mascara, so I didn’t have to use the compact. Once I was ready, I headed off to the grocery store.

At the store I was pretty involved in price checking and whatnot, so I really didn’t think too much about the experiment or my appearance.  As I was standing in the check out line, though, I found myself looking at the other people waiting in line and wondering if it would be difficult for them to be doing the mirror experiment.

I took my groceries out to the car and I was a little taken aback that I had an urge to look in the window to check my hair…what was that all about, I wasn’t expecting to be concerned about my appearance today.  I fought the urge and headed home.

I put away the groceries and had lunch, all the while thinking about why I was concerned about my appearance.  My theory had been that it was attached to my professional persona, which is true, but clearly no one in the grocery store knew that I was a therapist. Hmm…

A little later on in the day, I was cleaning the bathroom and the towel I had hung over the mirror fell off (I guess the thumbtacks just got tired).  So there I was, standing in front of myself.

It felt good to see my reflection once again.

This was a very interesting experiment.  Even though I wouldn’t describe myself as someone who struggles with negative body image, I learned that I certainly worry about how my appearance is perceived by others.  As I reflect (no pun intended;)), I realize during the past three days, there has been an underlying uneasiness within me.  When that towel fell off my mirror, I actually felt relieved!

So does all this mean that I obsess over my appearance?

I’ll leave that for you to decide.


  1. freeinhim said,

    I completely understand about the relief of seeing your reflection again. Since I had covered my mirrors Monday around dinner time, I decided to uncover them Thursday before bed. After being told that my hair looked different I wanted to see it. It did look different. And I couldn’t figure out why either!

  2. scarovese said,

    Off-topic, what is the correct usage of parentheses when ending a phrase with an emoticon? Is it (no pun intended;) which leaves a hanging paren but looks less awkward, or is it (no pun intended;)) which correctly closes the open paren, but which looks extremely awkward? Hmmm…

    On-topic, as you were describing your experiment, I found myself sizing up people I would walk by and wonder if they could manage the three day ordeal. Some people failed my mental scrutiny based on amount of make-up, complexity of hairdoo, or the obvious care they put into their wardrobe. But in truth, I guess this experiment comes down to self-control, discipline, and body image. Who am I to say whether or not these people could do it? I know I certainly couldn’t, but by my own calculations I should be able to. So maybe experiencing this experiment vicariously through another has led my to some conclusions of my own.

    Great blog series, I look forward to the next one!

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