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Eisoptrophobia: the fear of seeing oneself in a mirror

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Eisoptrophobia is the fear of seeing yourself in mirrors.  Former Baywatch babe Pamela Anderson is actually scared of her own reflection and also hates seeing herself on television.

Many eisoptrophobia sufferers are of the opinion that a mirror will put you in direct contact with some superstitious power. Sufferers experience undue anxiety and panic attacks despite knowing the fact that it is not going to harm them. Eisoptrophobia can also come in the form of watching videos of oneself.

Psychologysuite.com quotes Pamela Anderson as once having said in an interview: “I have this phobia – I don’t like mirrors, and I don’t watch myself on television.

“If anything comes on, I make them shut it off, or I leave the room.”

The best way to deal with fear of your own reflection is to undergo cognitive behavioral therapy or hypnotherapy. Some of the most common signs of this fear of mirrors include rapid heartbeat, shortness of breath, trembling and anxiety.

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