surferdude1101 saidI'm currently doing research for one of my psychology professors on Body Dysmorphic Disorder....very interesting how some people see themselves..
I should offer myself as a study subject. Here's 2 things about my self-perception that have always puzzled me:
My mirror reflection looks totally different to me, and much slimmer and better, than my photograph. It's been that way since I was a teenager, and never varies. It seems as though my mind somehow morphs my reflected image into a younger me, while a photograph shows the current and less flattering reality of an old, overweight guy.
Second, a story I've mentioned here before. I've always believed my wrists are spindly, like a really old lady's. I believed my late partner had very thick wrists, very powerful & strong looking.
One evening I wanted a gold dress watch to wear, but I think the battery in mine had failed or something since the last time I had worn it. So I asked if I could borrow one of his, saying to him I hoped I could make the band fit, my wrists being so much smaller than his.
Instead, his watch was entirely too small for my wrist! I couldn't wear it! I asked him if he had worn it recently, and he said yes, and put it on right in front of me. It fit him perfectly, with adjustment to spare.
I took the watch back, and it still didn't fit me, and I made him go through that drill several times, I was so confused. I even had us compare our wrists side-by-side, and his wrist STILL looked much bigger to me than mine. He said he thought they looked about the same. It was like one of those optical illusions, that asks which line is longer, and so forth.
And my wrists still look spindly to me today, and I still usually have to buy larger than average wristwatch bands. It really amazes me.