Most people look in the mirror and see some flaws and some things they’d like to change. For the most part, this doesn’t interfere too much with their daily lives. For some people, though, this is more serious.
People with Body Dysmorphic Disorder are preoccupied with an imagined physical defect or a minor defect that others often cannot see. As a result, people with this disorder see themselves as “ugly” and often avoid social exposure to others or turn to plastic surgery to try to improve their appearance.
The key here is that people with this condition see things that others don’t see – and that aren’t even there. I’ve seen a woman with b cups absolutely obsess about the size of her chest – that it was so large, she felt the need to dress in baggy, draped clothing that is 2 sizes too big for her small frame. If you focus on what you believe to be a flaw, you could be creating flaws that aren’t really there.
What do you see when you look in the mirror? If you focus on your flaws, then it’s time for a change. Next time you pass the mirror, stop and take a look at yourself – all of yourself. Too often people focus on the details of their features, and don’t see the overall picture.
This time, look at the whole picture, and then choose five things that you love about your appearance. It could be your glossy hair, your bright eyes, your beautiful jaw line, hourglass shape, or beautiful collar bones. Whatever it is that you love about yourself, begin focusing on that.
Flatter those parts of your face and your body, and you’ll always look beautiful and feel great! You deserve it. You’re a superstar!