What do you think you look like? Body image is the mental representation one creates, but it may or may not bear close relation to how others actually see you. Body image 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. Preoccupation with and distortions of body image are widespread among American women (and, to a lesser extent, among males), but they are driving forces in eating disorders, feeding severe anxiety than can be assuaged only by dieting.

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Feel Good About Your Eating and Your Weight

You can lose excess weight and keep it off by changing your relationship with your body. You can do it by becoming more compassionately self-aware.

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By Mairi Macleod Ph.D. on July 26, 2016 in Sexy Science
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By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on July 24, 2016 in How To Do Life
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By Susan Albers Psy.D. on July 22, 2016 in Comfort Cravings
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Resisting “The Biggest Loser Effect”

By Pirkko Markula Ph.D. on June 27, 2016 in Fit Femininity
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By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on June 20, 2016 in Ambigamy
More than we notice, we'd like to stop time, to live forever or at least to have our eternal truths live forever.

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By Robert D. Martin Ph.D. on June 13, 2016 in How We Do It
Around the world, people have tightly bound their babies’ heads to produce distinctive shapes. Extreme cases in South America have spawned wild stories of intervention by aliens.

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"I Think I'll Keep My Penis"

By Monica N. Starkman M.D. on June 09, 2016 in On Call
Shall I keep my penis? This is only one of many difficult choices transgender people must make.
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Eating Disorder Treatment: In Home Transitional Support

By Greta Gleissner LCSW on June 08, 2016 in Bottom's Up
Transitional eating disorder specialists are meeting clients in their homes, at local restaurants, on college campuses, or just off campus to provide meal support and coaching.

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The surprising research about why our minds don't let us think that we're beautiful, regardless of how we look!

Intimacy and Sexuality After Body Disfigurement

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By David Ludden Ph.D. on May 23, 2016 in Talking Apes
Your face reveals how healthy you are—and people use this information to judge how attractive you are.

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By Amy Green M.A., C.C.C. on May 15, 2016 in Psy-curious
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By Temma Ehrenfeld on May 06, 2016 in Open Gently
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