Body Image

Body Image is the mental representation or perception of a person, their body structure, beauty, body language, and feelings resulting from that representation.

What do people think about body image?

Body Image is the mental representation or perception of a person, their body structure, beauty, body language, and feelings resulting from that representation. A person’s feelings are influenced by either their self-determined criteria or social or environmental norms. These feelings can be positive, negative, or both.

The negative feelings can range from mild to severe body-hatred and poor body image. A person’s body image strongly influences their behaviour, confidence, self-esteem, and mood. It is also true that females are affected more than males and even more in the urban population.

Few people’s physical looks are the primary criteria for their mental peace. In the modern era, few industries started showing Hour Glass Figure Phenomenon and broad shoulders of females & ectomorphic look of males and started selling cosmetics, sports materials for being thin rather than healthy. These thoughts have a great impact on the people who run for such perfect figures.

People with such body types, beauty and looks are considered perfect by the multimedia advertisement, who use them to portray role models for our modern society. The insecurities of people make them crave for these looks, besides more likes on social media every time they post pictures.

What are the reasons to boost body image in a few people? 

Stressful life, unemployment, competitive success, histrionic personality, being bullied, relationship problems like breakups, separation, and divorce can precipitate behaviour that leads to body image consciousness.

Physical, emotional, sexual, or other types of abuse have a big role to precipitate such feelings.

How it affects personal, social, and professional life?

Apart from physical symptoms, psychological and emotional symptoms are very common. This distorted mental image about body or organs leads to eating disorders like anorexia nervosa, bulimia Nervosa, mood disorders, anxiety, depression, body dysmorphic disorder, delusional disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder. They hesitate to attend social function; remain isolated, this also has a great impact on academics or career, relationship satisfaction, and overall quality of life. Some of them perceive a flaw in their organ’s size, shape, and placements like nose, ear, breasts, legs, and tummy however, this perceived flaw is not even noticeable to others. Excessive concern about being fat or overweight, frequently measuring their weight and repetitively seeing mirrors, refuse to eat and lying about meal intake, over-exercising, obsession with food, and their components. Very sensitive to criticism, remain irritated, have frequent mood changes, sexual and emotional deprivation.

Self-injurious behaviour is very commonly seen among these people. Views oneself as unattractive, even ugly, focuses excessive attention on a minor flaw in appearance, is never satisfied with the appearance, needs reassurance about body image are common symptoms. They have fears that people will watch the supposed deformity and so they try to hide the perceived flaw with makeup or clothes. Sometimes they also take unnecessary cosmetic surgery or procedures.

Benefits of the treatment:

Psychologists help you acknowledge your problems while discussing them with you in detail. They will reduce your suffering from eating disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorders, Body Dysmorphic Disorder, and other psychological illnesses. The treatment will help you combat anxiety, restlessness, panic attacks, repetitive behaviours, sleep disturbances, negative emotions, suicidal thoughts, and other depressive symptoms if any.

Therapy also helps to improve associated physical problems like weight loss, menstrual problems, hormonal problems, unnecessary surgical procedures. Treatment helps to restore personal, professional, family, and sexual life.

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How UDGAM will help?

People mostly find it difficult to get out of the situation. They try their best to stay free from anxiety and harbour positive emotions but fail to rectify issues. Team UDAGM, the clinical psychologist expert in counselling, can be your real friend and help to manage your problems diligently.

How can you deal with it? A lesson from psychologists.

  • Acknowledge the principal reason: start work on the precipitating factors as mentionedabove
  • Don’t hide the truth: discuss your problems with close friends & build a support system
  • Build a better habit: exercises, meditation and yoga are helpful
  • Stop comparing yourself: focus on what you have the power to change
  • Be confident: nobody’s perfect, so accept your body and don’t body-shame yourself
  • Like Your Body, find things to like about your looks, focus on what your body can do.
  • Take Care of Your Body, Eat healthy foods. Get good sleep. Be active every day. Keep to a healthy weigh
  • Psychiatric consultation, antidepressants, anxiety medicines are very helpful.
  • Psychological help: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is considered an effective form of therapy for eating disorders, depression, anxiety, body dysmorphic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder. It helps an individual to see the relations between their thoughts, beliefs, and behaviours. CBT can shed light on our dysfunctional thought patterns and negative attitudes and beliefs system that lead to body image problems.



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