The Mirrored Box (Extended)

Matthew Spira
Mar 23, 2020 · 11 min read
Public Domain

A “mirror box” is a box with two mirrors in the center of it. It’s designed to help people who experience pain in their missing limbs. When the intact limb is placed in the box and viewed from an angle, the brain gets tricked into “seeing” two complete limbs. This illusion allows you to “manipulate” the missing limb and move it to a less painful position. Even though consciously you know it’s not real, just seeing yourself as whole is