“The ramblings and grumblings of author Ad Hudler”

Some odd behavior in front of mirrors ...
Tuesday, July 6, 2010

I've noticed something for years about my wife and daughter when they are looking in mirrors, trying to gauge whether they like the clothes they have just put on: They tilt their heads, either to the right or left.

Now, they do NOT do this when they are looking only at their faces ... only when they're examining the whole human package.

I recently caught myself doing it as well ... in one of those "is my gut getting bigger" moments, standing there in my underwear.

And then I started scrutinizing culture ... and I noticed people doing it in movies as well. Usually women.

So I wonder: Why do we tilt our heads when looking at our bodies in a mirror? Do we unconsciously think it gives us a fresh perspective? Maybe we think if we tilt our heads we can see us the way others see us. Is there some sort of brain-thing going on here? It's got to be something neurological.


4 Comments:

Anonymous Levi Montgomery said...

I have no idea, but here's a bit of grist for the mill. get a dog's attention, and then use that "Do you want a cookie? Do you? Cokkie?" tone of voice to say something about the weather. The dog tilts his head, first to one side, then to the other, then back again, and will probably repeat it until you just shut up and get him a cookie.

Related? Perhaps. But then again, women have that finger-and-thumbs thing they do to clothes on a mannequin, so who knows?

July 10, 2010 at 4:55 PM  
Anonymous Levi Montgomery said...

Where "cokkie," of course, totally means "cookie."

July 10, 2010 at 4:56 PM  
Blogger Ad Hudler said...

Levi: Not sure what you mean about the clothes on a mannequin. Please explain.

July 10, 2010 at 6:43 PM  
Anonymous Levi Montgomery said...

Watch women (and some men) discussing the clothes on a mannequin in a store. Nine times out ten, one or more of them will reach out, take the cloth between the fingers and thumb of one hand, and do a sort of pinching rub. I've asked a few of them what this tells them, and they frequently don't even realize they've done it it.

It's slightly off topic, but I'm simply pointing out that the senses are interlinked in some strange ways.

July 11, 2010 at 2:00 PM  

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