(Greek: mirror)

eisoptromania (s) (noun), eisoptromanias (pl)
1. An abnormal, persistent compulsion or desire by people to see themselves in mirrors: The looking glass in the patient's room was covered in an effort to help him manage his eisoptromania so he could no longer fixate on looking at himself all the time.
2. A love of mirrors or of seeing oneself in a reflecting glass: The vain woman had the halls in her home lined with pier glasses, or tall mirrors placed between windows; so she could indulge her eisoptromania and see herself as she walked from room to room.
eisoptromaniac (s) (noun), eisoptromaniacs (pl)
Someone who takes every possible opportunity to look at himself or herself in a mirror: The movie star acted like an eisoptromaniac, stopping to look at himself at every opportunity as he walked past windows or cheval glasses.
A maniac who wants to keep looking at himself in the mirror.
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The Emperor was often admiring his physique which was an example of his eisoptromaniac mentality.

eisoptrophobia (s) (noun) (no plural)
1. An abnormal and persistent dread of mirrors: People affected by eisoptrophobia experience undue anxiety even though they realize their fear is irrational and is often grounded in superstitions, because they may worry that breaking a looking glass will bring bad luck or that looking into a smooth polished surface that reflects their image will put them in contact with a supernatural world inside the glass or polished surface.

Mirrors and other reflective surfaces have long been associated with the strange or the bizarre. For example, in Greek mythology, Narcissus fell in love with his own reflection in the water of a fountain. He thought he was seeing the image of a beautiful nymph. Unable to embrace or call forth the semblance, he pined away and was eventually transformed into a flower.

2. Etymology: eisoptrophobia is derived from the Greek eis, "into" and optikos, "vision, image, sight".

Sometimes eisoptrophobia is mistakenly used to refer to termites, but such a reference is actually "isopterophobia".

Additional eisoptrophobia information

Known by a number of names: Eisoptrophobia, Fear of Mirrors, and Fear of Seeing Oneself in a Mirror are the most common terms. The problem often significantly impacts the quality of life. It can cause panic attacks and keep people apart from loved ones and business associates.

Symptoms of eisoptrophobia typically include shortness of breath, rapid breathing, irregular heartbeat, sweating, nausea, and overall feelings of dread; however, everyone experiences eisoptrophobia in his or her own way and may suffer with different symptoms.

—Compiled from information in
The Encyclopedia of Phobias, Fears, and Anxieties;
by R.M Doctor and Ada P. Kahn; Facts On File;
New York; 1989; page 273.
eisoptrophobic (s) (noun), eisoptrophobics (pl)
Someone who has an abnormal and persistent aversion of looking glasses: Every time Erin, as an eisoptrophobic, went into a public or private bathroom, he suffered extremely disturbing feelings of discomfort and anxiety.
eisoptrophobic (adjective), more eisoptrophobic, most eisoptrophobic
Descriptive of an abnormal aversion when seeing a duplication of one's self in surfaces of objects: Howard often experienced an eisoptrophobic repulsion whenever he happened to have a glimpse of his face in a mirror or even when it was reflected in a window.

Related "mirror" word families: catoptro-; enoptro; mirac-, mir-.