I dropped by a friend’s new apartment so we could go to the pub a few nights ago, and what I learned really shocked me. He had moved in with a woman who is exquisitely beautiful, and we kept telling him how lucky he is to have her. I really thought that was true until I saw their new place. There was a large wall mirror in every room, and the reason they were there was what knocked me over.

When I asked him about the mirrors, he looked away and mumbled something. I asked him to repeat what he said because I hadn’t heard him, and he told me she needed them to make sure she looked perfect no matter where she was. Aghast, I told him I wanted the real reason there were mirrors everywhere. He looked me in the eye and told me he wasn’t kidding; she was constantly looking into the mirrors to make sure she looked great.

While I believed he wasn’t lying to me, I thought there must be more to it than that. We got to the pub and ordered our food and drinks, and then we settled down to have a talk. I was shocked to hear that he was upset because he hadn’t realized how obsessed she was about her looks, and it was interfering with their relationship. She wouldn’t even go out if she didn’t feel she looked perfect.

He talked about breaking up with her, but they had just signed a year’s lease that neither of them could afford alone. While I’m not exactly in favor of giving out advice, I did suggest they might consider seeing a counselor together. He said he’d think about it, but he wasn’t sure it would help them. I hope he takes my advice and things work out for them. If not, he can always stay at my place until their lease is up.