The psychological feeling of defectiveness can translate into body image problems

In the previous blog I mentioned body image problems. Randy and Lori Sansone in their article, Body Image, have come up with an enlightened explanation of body image issues. They suspect that negativity tends to be concretized on a body level in shamed children. In other words psychological negativity is converted into a physical one. Generally they are unaware of body image as children, but become conscious of it in teenage years and bring this shame and negativity into adulthood, where the so called physical defects rivet their attention and fits perfectly with their low self-worth. The magnifying glass sees every defective speck in their bodily make up, and the mirror becomes the gauge of their self-esteem. For some individuals body image is pathological and is known as dysmorphophobia i.e. a fear that one’s body is repulsive. This affects up to 2.4 percent of the population and is classed as a psychiatric complaint. I have met some handsome people who feel this way about their imagined ugliness. In many cases some of these turn to the plastic surgeon. Unfortunately, because body image has a psychological dimension, they continue to return for surgery in what is a distressing grindstone.
Extract from my recent book – Understanding and Healing the Hurts of Childhood.
THERAPISTS IN TIPPERARY
PSYCHOTHERAPISTS IN TIPPERARY
COUNSELLING TIPPERARY
DEATH OF A CHILD
ABUSE AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
FEAR
ANGER
JEALOUSY
SHAME
I am the author of six books
When a Child Dies. Footsteps of a Grieving Family
Abuse. Domestic Violence, Workplace and School Bullying
Understanding and Healing the Hurts of Childhood.
I’ll Meet You at the Roundy O
Priest, Politics and Society in Post Famine Ireland 1850-1891
Prince of Swindlers. John Sadleir MP 1813-1856
I am currently writing a major work on DID (Multiple Personality Disorder)

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