I think this picture is interesting because it reminded me of a study I did last year for a Psychology major who was studying women’s perception of beauty, weight, and body shape. This image depicts the national average (size 16), Men’s ideal (size 12) and women’s ideal (size 4-8). This relates to Cooley’s looking glass self because women shape themselves based on other people’s perception. In other words people shape themselves based on what other people perceive and confirm other people’s opinion on themselves. I view myself as others other’s do. I may be a size 16, which happens to be the national average but people will perceive me otherwise because I am not the (women’s) ideal size. This can therefore affect me physically and emotionally. I might develop an eating disorder because I’m not happy with how others perceive me, but most importantly because that is how I perceive myself now.