AREN’T WE ALL CONCERNED WITH HOW WE LOOK? GETTING DOWN ON YOURSELF

People with BDD tend to feel negatively about themselves as a person because of their appearance flaws. As item 3 on Table 11 shows, people with BDD report that the perceived appearance defect has a fairly big influence on how they judge themselves as a person in a nonphysical sense (for example, thinking that the appearance flaws make them uninteresting or undesirable). They also say that the appearance defect is important to how they judge themselves as a person in comparison to other personal characteristics such as their personality, intelligence, life values, and ability at work. However, people with BDD tend to believe that other people judge them only slightly negatively as a person because of their defect. So people with BDD seem to judge themselves more harshly and negatively as a person than they think other people do.
It’s interesting that while the perceived appearance defect has a fairly strong influence on how people with BDD evaluate themselves as a person, Dr. Veale found that most people with BDD judge other people on the basis of many factors, rather than appearance. In a similar vein, Dr. Wilhelm found that when rating the attractiveness of photos, including their own, people with BDD underestimated their own attractiveness and overestimated the attractiveness of beautiful faces. Taken together, these findings suggest that people with BDD are harder on themselves than they are on others. This might be expected to fuel anxiety, depression, shame, and low self-esteem, which in turn may further amplify negative evaluation of oneself and appearance preoccupations.
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AREN’T WE ALL CONCERNED WITH HOW WE LOOK? GETTING DOWN ON YOURSELF People with BDD tend to feel negatively about themselves as a person because of their appearance flaws. As item 3 on Table 11 shows, people with BDD report that the perceived appearance defect has a fairly big influence on how they judge themselves as a person in a nonphysical sense (for example, thinking that the appearance flaws make them uninteresting or undesirable). They also say that the appearance defect is important to how they judge themselves as a person in comparison to other personal characteristics such as their personality, intelligence, life values, and ability at work. However, people with BDD tend to believe that other people judge them only slightly negatively as a person because of their defect. So people with BDD seem to judge themselves more harshly and negatively as a person than they think other people do.It’s interesting that while the perceived appearance defect has a fairly strong influence on how people with BDD evaluate themselves as a person, Dr. Veale found that most people with BDD judge other people on the basis of many factors, rather than appearance. In a similar vein, Dr. Wilhelm found that when rating the attractiveness of photos, including their own, people with BDD underestimated their own attractiveness and overestimated the attractiveness of beautiful faces. Taken together, these findings suggest that people with BDD are harder on themselves than they are on others. This might be expected to fuel anxiety, depression, shame, and low self-esteem, which in turn may further amplify negative evaluation of oneself and appearance preoccupations.*218\204\8*

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