(from Latin: spectrum, “ghost”) - a kind of specific phobia involving a morbid fear of mirrors and one’s own reflections. Catoptrophobia (from the word catoptric meaning using a mirror to focus light; from Greek word katoptrikos) is the fear of mirrors. This phobia is distinct from Eisoptrophobia, which is the fear of your own reflection.
Generally, an individual that possesses spectrophobia has been traumatised in an event where they believe they have seen or heard apparitions or ghosts. The individual could also become traumatised by horror films, television shows, or by nightmares. This fear could be the result of a trauma involving mirrors. It could also be the result of the person’s superstitious fear of being watched through the mirror. Movies relating the supernatural world with mirrors could be the cause of this fear in younger children especially.
Not to the point where I’m covering them up and stuff. Like, I’ll use a mirror to do my makeup, but I get really uncomfortable looking at them unless absolutely necessary, and I refuse to look into them at night/in the dark. To the point where I open the door to the bathroom just enough to switch the light on before I go in there at night.
Sounds dumb, right? I think I explained this already, but I’ll go through it again and tag sixpenceee since she might get a kick out of it.
When I was a kid (I’m talking 11, 12) I not only slept with really fucking creepy dolls in my room that were like watching me (hence my doll phobia), but I also slept with a massive mirror at the end of my bed. So like, my feet were right by the mirror. I would always feel like there was something watching me from the mirror. I’d be too scared to look, but when I did, I would genuinely see something there, but I couldn’t make out what it was in the dark and moving might make something jump out at me and I was freaking 11-12. No way was I moving. There were often times when I would hide my face under my blankets, too scared to move and trying desperately to fall asleep. I would have dreams about things coming out of the mirror and dragging me in by my legs. I honestly stopped sleeping for a really long time because of this mirror. I’m a semi believer of the paranormal. Like, I believe it, but I’m still going to be skeptical until you can prove your point. I genuinely think there was something up with that mirror, but I think it’s less the specific mirror, and more that all mirrors are extremely fucked up particularly at night.
Long story short, I begged my parents to get that mirror out of my room, they did, and I started getting regular nights sleep again, and the watching me feelings went away. I don’t know where that mirror is now, we moved out of that house five or six years ago, but the mirror in my bathroom in this house really creeps me out, too. I think that childhood stuff just made me want to avoid mirrors at all costs.
my IDEAL narrative atm is the typical “lonely kid & their family move into a house that turns out to be haunted and all the ghosts are quirky & weird and they befriend the kid and help them through their struggles with the living” is that a thing? that sounds really stereotypical and i’m sure there’s countless stuff like that but i have a VERY specific idea of what i want right now
I’m not sure if you remember, but you did that for me too.
I posted once about two years ago about gazing, and how confused I was that letters appear backwards, but our faces do not. You gave me a very stern warning to stay away from mirrors, especially if I had taken anything (although I hadn’t at that time).