It had never occurred to me that by keeping a large reflective surface in a common area of my apartment, I have been inviting the opportunity to perform constant self-analysis. I’ve heard of people not keeping full-length mirrors, or failing to buy one for months after moving somewhere new, and I’ve always been baffled by that decision. 'How can you get dressed without one?' I’d ask them in surprise. But what I was really asking was, 'Don’t you care what other people think?'