Most of us wish we could improve certain things about ourselves. Lasting change is difficult though—many of our habits are deeply ingrained, and certain core personality attributes may be immutable.


Possessing little self-regard can lead people to become depressed, to fall short of their potential, or to tolerate abusive situations and relationships. Too much self-love, on the other hand, results in an off-putting sense of entitlement and an inability to learn from failures.

Body Image

Body image is the mental representation we create of what we think we look like; it may or may not bear a close relation to how others actually see us. That is, it is subject to all kinds of distortion from internal elements like our emotions, moods, early experiences, attitudes of our parents, and much more. Nevertheless, it strongly influences behavior.

Eating Disorders

Eating disorders tear families apart, and impact every aspect of sufferers' lives: cognitive faculties wither due to nutritional deficits, mood is erratic or severely depressed and relationships are strained to the breaking point.

Case studies of anorexia and bulimia can be heartbreaking. More often, they are highly instructive. Here are three women's stories.