Differences Between Mirror Gazing, Gender, And Self Esteem, Body Dysmorphic Disorder

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Abstract Gender differences in mirror gazing were studied at Montclair State University. The purpose of the study was to determine whether females were more likely to look in the mirror than males. Females and males were observed at two locations on campus where reflective surfaces were available. Students recorded whether or not a female or male looked at his/her reflection at the reflective surface. The results of the study revealed that there were more females than males who had looked at their reflection. Females are more likely to have self-esteem issues and it is possible that these findings are because of this distinction. Excessive mirror gazing may also be a result of issues with body image, such as body dysmorphic disorder. Keywords: mirror gazing, gender, self-esteem, body dysmorphic disorder Introduction Mirror gazing is part of our everyday routines. Why do we stop and look at our reflection? We might need to fix our hair, check our teeth, put makeup on, or check how our clothes fit. The reasons for looking in the mirror may be due to something as simple as vanity or maintenance, but it may also go deeper. There may be underlying psychological issues that would cause a person to excessively look in the mirror. Women, primarily adolescents, have been reported to have higher levels of body dissatisfaction than men. In western cultures, the importance of appearance is also higher in women. Women are more likely to diet and focus on the impact aging has on…
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