Gazing into the Abyss: How Mirrors Distort Our Sense of Self

Rorie Jane McCormack
4 min readMar 6, 2024

When was the last time you gazed at yourself in a mirror and didn’t feel the need to look away? And no, not the good mirrors you have at home, with the soft, dappled light, and the familiar contours that you see day-in-day-out.

These lull you into a false sense of self. A false sense of security. You recognise the real you in these reflective surfaces. The you that you send out into the world.

Image: Noah Buscher on Unsplash

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Rorie Jane McCormack

Lover of words. Creator of things. Curator of dark curiosities. Host of Propensity: A True Crime Anthology Podcast. Writer of Books (Coming 2024).