People have always struggled with identity. We tend to evaluate ourselves by distorted standards, misreading value and stigma. In a culture that glamorizes physical appearance and ‘image’, that struggle often centers on what you look like, on your fitness, youthfulness and sexual attractiveness. Body image distortions and obsessions used to be seen as a “women’s problem,” but men are increasingly affected. This workshop will look at ‘body dysmorphia’, and at the anxiety, depression and envy that perpetuate such destruction in lives and relationships.
This lecture is from the 2011 National Conference, “Psychiatric Disorders.” Also available as a DVD curriculum designed to be used individually or in a group setting.