A famous person once humorously quipped 'It takes me about ten years to get used to how old I am'. Its not uncommon for people as they age to think of themselves as being younger than their actual years - this phenomenon is very much related to the notion of residual self image.
Residual self image is an idea found in psychology that refers to when people maintain a mental image of themselves that does not correspond to their current state. The image can be one's physical appearance, but can also refer to one's roles or station in life (like when soldiers are discharged and have difficulty thinking of themselves as civilians). In some cases it can be very severe or even fatal e.g. when a 65 lb. anorexic patient thinks of themselves as still being 'fat', but more often it occurs in it's more garden varieties as a slowness to adapt to fairly normal transitional situations in life, such as people still thinking of themselves as 'students' 6 months after graduating or newlyweds still habitually thinking of themselves as bachelors/bachelorettes.
Is anyone aware or suspect that they may be experiencing residual self image currently? How about in the past?