Body image is a common struggle that everyone faces at some point their lives whether they talk about it openly or not. In fact, we start developing our sense of body imaging very early in life. A study showed that three out of five children from the ages of eight to eleven would rather trade their bodies for someone else's. As many of us can confirm, struggles with self images projects back to a very young age where the insecurities started to brew.
Struggles with body images in adulthood can be explained by a concept called visual adaptation. This is a psychological phenomenon where the brain will take what it sees the most and normalize it. Meaning if you see a lot of perfectly sculpted and polish people daily, your brain will perceive that image to be the norm and anything outside of that norm to be abnormal, including ourselves. In a world of taken over by social media and influencers, it can be hard to not fall victim to self insecurity due to this. In fact, studies have shown that if a two images was shown to a subject, one imaging being an average sized person and the other image being a person who is skinnier than average, the subject will say the average person is too large!
There is a very real psychological reason why many people are disappointed in what they see in the mirror; however, there are very tangible steps you can take to realign your perception of normal to go back to normal! More on this in the next article.
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