Info & Self Assessment - Body Image
Our body image can be described as our personal relationship with our body – including our perceptions, beliefs, thoughts, feelings and actions that pertain to our appearance. Our body image is so much more than just a mental picture of how we look.
Why is body image important? Discontentment and dissatisfaction with our bodies is common in our culture. For many people, their dissatisfaction with their body can be the starting point for other emotional and behavioral problems such as poor self-esteem, social anxiety, depression or eating disorders. Overall, living with negative body image decreases our quality of life. It’s hard to feel positive about the person you are when you don’t like the body you’re in!
Obtaining a positive body image is not dependent on acquiring the "right" body. Your body image can improve with commitment to the process, which can enhance how you feel about yourself and improve your overall quality of life. You can learn to transform your relationship with your body from one of struggle and defeat, to one of acceptance and peace.
Self Assessment Questionnaire
This self-assessment is designed to help you identify if you have some symptoms of negative body image that may benefit from professional help. It is meant to help you examine your thoughts, feelings and behaviors, and is not designed to take the place of a professional diagnosis or consultation. Answer each item with yes or no.
- Do I spend a lot of time worrying about what other people think about my appearance?
- Do I spend more time thinking about what I dislike about my appearance, than what I like about it?
- Is my appearance really important in how I evaluate my self-worth?
- Do I avoid activities, people or situations due to feeling self-conscious about my appearance?
- Do I spend a lot of money, time or effort attempting to "fix" my appearance flaws, or trying to look "perfect?"
- Does my satisfaction with my appearance dictate my mood, or how happy I feel that day?
- Do I often compare my appearance to others or check my appearance in mirrors?
- Do I find myself seeking reassurance from others about my appearance or dismiss compliments I receive about my appearance?
- Do I believe that my appearance is largely responsible for much of what’s happened to me in my life, or believe that I can control my future by improving my appearance?
- Do my feelings about my appearance get in the way accepting myself or enjoying my life?