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Photo phobia?

Postby Basher86 » Thu Dec 06, 2018 3:30 pm

Hello all,

I’m new to this forum, so apologies if something similar has been posted already.

I think I might have BDD, but I’m not sure. My main issue is not being able to look in mirrors (apart from the mirrors in my house), and having my photo taken/seeing photos of myself.

The photo thing is really bothering me and has been for a while. I look hideous in almost all photographs, and although what I see in the mirror isn’t amazing, how I look in a photo is so different.

I’ve really made an effort this year to appear in more photos, as it makes me sad that I don’t have many to look back on due to my past avoidance. However, I don’t feel like it’s helped as I hate all the photos and still feel incredibly uncomfortable in front of the camera. Seeing photos of myself actually makes me feel quite depressed and I really have to build myself up to looking at them - sometimes it takes days to do this.

I really want to get past this, but not sure how. There doesn’t seem to be much info out there relating to this...if anyone has any advice it would be much appreciated.
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Re: Photo phobia?

Postby pinkchiffon » Mon Jan 28, 2019 8:41 pm

I know what you mean. I can look reasonably human and at times almost average/passable in a mirror, only to 'morph' into a different person in photos. I literally look like two different people! The difference is startling actually. Is that how I look to others? (I hope not). I've researched looking completely different in a mirror vs. a photo and the possible reason for it, but can never really get a clear answer. Something about symmetry and the image 'flipping' or something. Sometimes when I hit the mirror mode on my phone, the photo looks a little better. I also think we're used to what we see in a mirror, so a photo can look foreign/jarring to us cause the flaws we perceive are magnified. Also, a photo is a 2D image, so there's no real dimension to it. I've heard a video may be the most accurate representation of how we look to others.
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