This guest article from YourTango was written by Dr. Stephanie Buehler.
Having a poor body image means that you view your body in a negative light. You look at yourself and see only the negative.
This often occurs when people with low self-esteem only see their physical flaws, most often when they look in the mirror.
In my sex therapy practice, body image is often one of several issues that interfere with a person’s ability to enjoy sex. There are multiple causes for poor body image. They include the following:
- Perfectionism, or feeling down and frustrated about your physical flaws.
- Conforming to certain ideals, which are usually found in advertising and other media.
- Being overly focused on looks.
- Believing that you must be a certain weight or size to be happy.
- Judging parts instead of paying attention to the whole. When you look in the mirror, often people with low self-esteem only see the body parts that they deem unattractive.
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