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'''Spectrophobia''' (derived from [[Latin]]: ''spectrum'', n. specio, an appearance, form, image of a thing; an apparition, spectre) or '''catoptrophobia''' (from Greek κάτοπτρον ''kátoptron'', "mirror") is a kind of [[specific phobia]] involving an abnormal and persistent fear of [[mirror]]s, and an anxiety about seeing one's own face reflected in them.<ref>{{cite book |last1=Ferenczi |first1=Sandor |title=Further Contributions to the Theory and Technique of Psycho-Analysis |date=1994 |publisher=Karnac Books |isbn=9781855750869 |url=https://books.google.co.ukcom/books?id=EN-eCP-fgO0C&pg=PA365&dqq=%22spectrophobia+%22&hlpg=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwi6_sWkq6XkAhWKa8AKHSZyBcUQ6AEIRDAE#v=onepage&q=%22spectrophobia%20%22&f=falsePA365 |accessdate=28 August 2019 |language=en}}</ref> It is sometimes related to the fear of [[ghosts]] or the undead.{{cn|date=August 2019}}
 
This phobia is distinct from eisoptrophobia,{{how?|date=August 2019}} which is the [[Fear processing in the brain|fear]] of one's own reflection. Sufferers of spectrophobia can fear the breaking of a mirror bringing extreme bad luck.{{cn|date=August 2019}} They can fear the thought of something frightening jumping out of the mirror, or seeing something disturbing inside of it next to their own reflection when looking directly at it.{{cn|date=August 2019}} Others fear that it is a link to the preternatural world or a gateway into another world, and may fear being pulled into the mirror by some preternatural force.{{cn|date=August 2019}} Some also fear their own reflection in the darkness, as it can appear distorted in strange ways or their reflection may frighten them.{{cn|date=August 2019}}
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