I'm pretty interested to see what the results will be on this one, also why even though I have a pretty good idea of it already.
Most Helpful Guy
Right. It is always on the right, whether I'm looking face to face at the mirror, or over my shoulder behind me. It will always be on the right.
The reason being is that it would make no sense to judge the direction based off a reverse perspective...of yourself. The perspective is judged based off your own viewpoint. Your reflection isn't another person, and there is no need to translate "my right is your left" to that reflection. When an airplane/ship/ground vehicle is in motion, it's primary form of path finding is bearing. Bearing is relative to the center of the compass for that object, not of cardinal directions.
Now sure, relative bearings take into account a secondary object's bearing in relation to the primary object (for safe navigating, combat calculations, etc.), but an objects primary function is to navigate and guide itself based on it's own standing. What good is your orientation for me, when I could just use my own with much greater effect?
But I digress, my right hand is on the right side of a mirror. The image reflected back to me is still from a flat plane, and not some warped sense of space where what is in front of me ends up behind me, or something like that.
If you stare at a wall, is your hand still on the right? Sure it is. So why would that be any different if you're looking at a reflection of yourself, but it seems as if there would be another person looking back at you?
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Most Helpful Girl
My right hand is on the right if my hands are down my sides. But if I'm hugging myself, it then slides over to the left, lol.