27 Jun 2011 2 Comments
Body image is the term used to describe how we see ourselves when we look in the mirror — and how we believe others see us. Different than a reflection, which is what the mirror “sees,” body image encompasses the state of mind in which we view that reflection. For example, a stranger may look at you and see an attractive, well-groomed person. But you may see yourself as overweight, unattractive, or even ugly – and believe that others see you that way as well. Part of what we see in the mirror relates to where we have trained our eyes to look first — usually our perceived flaws. The rest of what we see is filtered through our mind’s eye – the image we see reflects back the image we have of ourselves in our head – a picture which may or may not accurately represent the true reflection in the mirror.
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