Look in the mirror. Does the person you see match the person you feel like on the inside? How much stock do you put in appearances?
Only thought can resemble. It resembles by being what it sees, hears, or knows; it becomes what the world offers it. ”
– Rene Magritte
The thing is that when you look in a mirror, you can’t see yourself, you see a reflection – it isn’t you, it’s your mirror image. So, if it matches the person you feel like on the inside, there might be something wrong, because what you are looking at is a reverse image. If you really want to know how you look, take a photograph of yourself and hold it up to a mirror, at least that way, your face will be the “right” way round.
Have you got your head round this yet? OK, now that you have an idea of what the face you present to the world looks like, let’s see if it matches your perception of yourself. Holding that image in your mind – assume it is the face of a stranger. Can you see any sign of the book that person read or a movie they watched recently? Any indication that they met their best friend/worst enemy today? Can you figure out what that face likes to eat for breakfast. Would you be able to tell whether that person is a parent, an accountant, an axe murderer? Gay or straight? Right or left-handed? Is this a reliable person or a complete flake?
At this point you will have figured out I don’t put a whole lot of stock on appearances. However, I am completely fascinated by perceptions.
Thanks to the wonderful YouTube, here is a BBC documentary presented by the wonderful John Cleese, all about the human face, how it works and how it influences our interactions with one another. Enjoy.