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Seeing Your Own Face Activates Dopamine Pathways

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mirror meditation to help students overcome self-criticism and develop more self-acceptance for several years. Typically, I’ve noticed that once people get past their initial self-criticisms that are evoked by seeing their own face, they find looking at themselves to be therapeutic.

So what’s happening in your brain when you look at your own face?As humans, we each have a powerful ability to recognize our faces easily.

Our own face has a special meaning because of its importance for our identity and our sense of self. Research shows that our own face (called the self-face) is recognized more quickly and accurately than the faces of other people we know.

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