I hate wrap around mirrors, the ones that show you the sides of your head, your back and parts of you that remain hidden until exposed by glass and steel. The reason I don't like them is that they present a view of me is unappealing.
In my own mind I possess an image of how I believe I appear to others. I forget that image resides in my mind alone. Friends, true friends, can be similar to wrap around mirrors. They view the unlovely parts of you and they reflect back what they see. I may not like it but it's the truth, even when I don't want to accept it.
When I receive feedback about a character flaw, an un-Christlike attitude or some annoying habit that is threatening community, I have a choice. To ignore the reflection and refuse to face reality or view what may be unpleasant, un-welcomed but ultimately known to those who are close to me.
If you stop looking in mirrors and listening to friends, you'll be stuck with an image of yourself that no one sees but you. That would be sad, you'll be lonely and you won't be in touch with reality.