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.

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