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A Stranger In The Mirror. Different Sides of Your Face.

Updated on March 11, 2011

Do you know your own face?

You sure look at yourself in the mirror from time to time. Just to check that you DO look gorgeous. Or to show a tongue, or mimic a funny face to your reflection there.

But no matter why and how many times you saw your own reflection, do you really know yourself? Our body is agreed to be symmetrical from the common point of view, that is, a healthy person has two agreeably identical sides, left and right.

We assume that our face is symmetrical too. Our nose is clearly in the middle of our face; eyes are placed on either side of the nose ...

But is our face as symmetrical as we presume it?

A shape is called symmetrical if one half of it is the mirror reflection of the other half, when the vertical line (line of symmetry) is drawn through the center of the shape.


This is just for fun

Old picture (remember when?.....)
Old picture (remember when?.....)
Same left sides
Same left sides
Right sides
Right sides

Let's get to action!

Lets check if our face is symmetrical. Take your picture where you look directly at the camera. Find a two-sided pocket size mirror. Place the mirror vertically with its long edge right in the middle of your face on the picture, thus dividing your face into two halves. Each half will be reflected in its side of the mirror. Take a look on the left and then on the right side of the picture. Surprise! I bet you see two different faces! And they are also different from your original picture.

You might want to have three faces of yours printed.

  • 1. Using a digital camera, have someone take your picture. Look directly at the camera.

  • 2. Using a drawing program from your computer, such as Paint (you'll find it under Accessories in the Start-Programs menu) create a unique set of three faces of yours.

For Paint: (1) open your picture from its saved location, (2) use your selection tool to outline one side of the photo (usually it will be a square-cornered tool), (3) under Edit choose Copy and then Paste, (4) under Image choose Flip/Rotate, Flip Horizontally, (5) drag the new image so it will create a new face, (6) crop your new image, and (7)save the photo. Repeat the process for the other side of the face.

  • 3. Print the three photos to show to your amazed friends.

As you see, a human face is not symmetrical, as the left side of your face is NOT a mirror image of the right side of your face. Each eye is different, each cheek is lined differently, and corners of your mouth are curved differently. A human face is more or less asymmetrical, but you don't really see it unless you are looking for it. Facial asymmetry is a natural thing and in fact, this is what makes us look like us, this is what makes us unique and special.

This is what we got, tilting a head.

Original picture
Original picture
Two right sides
Two right sides
Two left sides
Two left sides

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      fissefjams 

      8 years ago

      nice

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      ReuVera 

      9 years ago from USA

      Thanks a lot, k@ri! D'you need any help trying? lol

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      Kari Poulsen 

      9 years ago from Ohio

      I just stopped in to say...I was thinking about this hub today! I have not gotten a chance to try it, but obviously thoughts of it occupy my time...I will try this one day! I really loved this hub!

    • ReuVera profile imageAUTHOR

      ReuVera 

      9 years ago from USA

      You are welcome. Hope you'll try it with your picture :) Sometimes I just do it with different pics to make comics.

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      SEM Pro 

      9 years ago from North America

      Great fun! Good idea - thank you for sharing :)

    • ReuVera profile imageAUTHOR

      ReuVera 

      9 years ago from USA

      k@ri and Rochelle, thank you for visiting here and commenting.

      k@ri, it will be some fun activity for sure with your kids. When you take a picture where you look directly into the camera, you just see how two sides of your face look like. But when you purposly take a picture where your head is tilted, you have some kind of cartoon of yourself, it's freacking hillarious, hahaha.

      Rochelle, I am sure you are right about symmetrical face looks.

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      Rochelle Frank 

      9 years ago from California Gold Country

      I'm sure all of us have two sides-- It makes us human, just like Donald Duck with the good and evil angel-ducks sitting on each shoulder. Or... maybe it was some other cartoon personage. Nevertheless, we all have our dualities-- a perfectly symmetrical face would probably look androidish.

      Nice hubsubject.

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      Kari Poulsen 

      9 years ago from Ohio

      This looks like it is fun, fun, fun!! I showed this to my daughter and she agreed. I am going to do this with my kids, next time it rains on the weekend! I can't wait to see what we all look like. I bet we will laugh and laugh :D

    • ReuVera profile imageAUTHOR

      ReuVera 

      9 years ago from USA

      You might have quite interesting results, Tom….

      I remembered right now that long ago I had a co-worker who’s eyes were of different colors, one eye was blue, and another was green. Her blue eye was kind and her green eye was looking mean. I wonder what kind of two faces she would have if she made this experiment with her picture….

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      Tom Koecke 

      9 years ago from Tacoma, Washington

      I've heard about our "good sides" and "bad sides," but I've never seen it exemplified like this before! I'll have to play with this idea later to see myself for myself!

    • ReuVera profile imageAUTHOR

      ReuVera 

      9 years ago from USA

      mulberry1, thank you for visiting and commenting. I think it will be fun, yes. Sometimes the results are hilarious.

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      Christine Mulberry 

      9 years ago

      Interesting, sounds like a fun thing to play with!

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      stranger 

      9 years ago

      wow! it's amazing! very interesting article and real fun to try it! we were experimenting with all kind of pics, some of them were really freaky! lots of fun! information too. i thought my face was symmetrical:(

      i'm not a beauty model after al...

    • ReuVera profile imageAUTHOR

      ReuVera 

      9 years ago from USA

      Actually, the more identical sides of your face are, the more classical is your face. At least, so it's considered... But frankly speaking, classical faces are doll-like faces. To my opinion, some irragularity makes us look interesting and outstanding.

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      kayla 

      9 years ago

      haha cute! and ps the right sides look the best haha

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      Maria 

      9 years ago

      this was SO funny, i think it was an absolutely outstanding idea. its crazy how we think we're symmetrical, but really we're not and it DOES feel like i'm looking at 2 different people; this is super crazy, but really cool :)

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      Kitty 

      10 years ago

      you were so cute back then. what happened to you now Reuven? Kiddingg. the 2nd one makes you look likee a dweeb & the 3rd, an orgee :P im so meann :D

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