Everytime I look in the mirror I see the same me that I have always known, albeit without hair these days. My god....... I had a few photos of myself taken recently (with friends) and "JESUS H!" I look nothing like I do in the mirror!!
In every single photo I look bleedin' awful and nothing like I look when I look in the mirror. They say the camera never lies so are we now saying the mirror does lie? Maybe it's down to the fact that we are "moving" when we look in the mirror and are not captured in a split second "pose" or maybe we just paint a false impression of ourselves when looking in the mirror and gloss over all the bad points in our subconscience?
I dunno but, yikes!, I am now "officially" camera shy!
Same goes with your voice...... you think it's fine until you hear a recording of it!! I phoned a friend (no, I wasn't on who wants to be a millionaire) a few months ago and it went over to his answering machine...... I left a 5 minute long "speech" ending with a vocal rendition of the Beatles "Magical Mystery Tour"..... it seemed awesome at the time.......
erm, not at all "awesome" two days later when it was played back to me!
My question is, have you ever experienced the same type of thing? You know what you look like but when you see a photo of yourself it's nothing like you..... you know what you sound like but when you hear your recorded voice you cringe?
Is it as simple as the fact that our faces are asymmetrical and you are not seeing what others see when you see yourself in the mirror? I am always unpleasantly surprised by current photographs of me that seem to show someone about 30 years older. However in the mirror I only look 29 years older. Banning mirrors and photos seems to be the way forward.
I don't hear recordings of my voice that often except when the answering machine is left on and I get to hear the recorded announcement I made. It's never that pleasant. My biggest surprise is reading things I wrote years ago. I seemed much more intelligent then, but I know it was just an act.