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Self-Confidence and Body Image Issue

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I am looking for ways to fully accept my body. I have been in a long distance relationship for two years with an amazing man who loves me as I am. I just can’t fathom why he does. I have a huge abdomen, round rear-end, and a round face. Tips on accepting these parts of my body would be extremely heigl, especially when I am intimate with my boyfriend.

A: Self-acceptance is the key to well-being and emotional growth and much of this work involves compassion for yourself and others. I highly recommend the work of Karen Armstrong on compassion http://www.amazon.com/Twelve-Steps-Compassionate-Karen-Armstrong/dp/0307742881 along with an active program of mindfulness meditation. These are the building blocks of making the changes you want in your life.

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I would also highly recommend this wonderful article on body image by Margarita Tartakovsky here at PsychCentral.

Wishing you patience and peace,
Dr. Dan
Proof Positive Blog @ PsychCentral

Self-Confidence and Body Image Issue

Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP

Dan Tomasulo Ph.D., TEP, MFA, MAPP teaches Positive Psychology in the graduate program of Counseling and Clinical Psychology at Columbia University, Teachers College and works with Martin Seligman, the Father of Positive Psychology in the Masters of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program at the University of Pennsylvania. He is Director of the New York Certification in Positive Psychology for the Open Center in New York City and on faculty at New Jersey City University. Sharecare has honored him as one of the top 10 online influencers on the topic of depression. For more information go to: http://www.dare2behappy.com/. He also writes for Psych Central's Ask the Therapist column and the Proof Positive blog.

APA Reference
Tomasulo, D. (2018). Self-Confidence and Body Image Issue. Psych Central. Retrieved on January 19, 2019, from https://psychcentral.com/ask-the-therapist/2013/01/27/self-confidence-and-body-image-issue/
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