The Psychology of Mirrors

The Psychology of Mirrors

Subjects tested in a room with a mirror have been found to work harder, to be more helpful and to be less inclined to cheat, [and] were comparatively less likely to judge others based on social stereotypes about, for example, sex, race or religion.

“When people are made to be self-aware, they are likelier to stop and think about what they are doing,” Dr. Bodenhausen said. “A by-product of that awareness may be a shift away from acting on autopilot toward more desirable ways of behaving.” Physical self-reflection, in other words, encourages philosophical self-reflection, a crash course in the Socratic notion that you cannot know or appreciate others until you know yourself.

via Mind Hacks