Today’s objective: Understand the importance of body image and appearance to self-love.
Over the last 17 days we spend all of the time discussing inner happiness and self-love. Of course, achieving this is a major step towards all-round self-love. But it would be wrong to assume that only inner happiness is complete self love: ultimately self-love is made up of both inner and outer happiness. This means we need to address an often uncomfortable topic: body image. Why? Well… many studies have shown that gay men in particular suffer from negative body image. A whooping 80% of gay men in a recent survey in London reported that they are not happy with their bodies. Gay men are also 7 to 12 times more likely to suffer from Body Dysmorphic Disorder related problems, serious psychological issue related to a negative body image, then their straight counter-parts.
There are many reasons for this staggering numbers – from unrealistic body images in the media, especially porn to an apparent focus on body image in the community at large. Whatever the reasons are, fact of the matter is, that even a fairly mildly negative body image can have a devastating, toxic and highly destructive influence on self-love. In turn, leading to sexual, relational and personal problems. This is the reason a significant portion of this workshop is related to body image.
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