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Body Image Neutrality: An Authentic Beauty Standard.

Quote:No amount of self improvement can make up for any lack of self-acceptance (Robert Holden).

Body image is a person's perception of their physical self and the thoughts and feelings; positive, negative or both. It is a person's mental perception of how, who, are they are which may or may not bear any relation to the truth.

The way we see, believe and talk about our physical looks, the reflection we see in the mirror and also they way we think people see us, is centred around our relevance(Happiness, social life, relationship of health and our future endeavours).

Types of body image

Our perception of our body could be Positive or Negative depending on the situation.

Positive image is healthy,while the negative is unhealthy. Due to the mainstream media,people's expectation of how their body should be to make them happy, is becoming increasingly warped. Anger, dissatisfaction and even hatred of one's body becoming a new normal. This can be likened to a merry-go-round which never stops until you step out of it.Stepping out is deciding to be You and accept yourself.

The real beauty

Body neutrality is a shift in perspectives, from body hatred,disgust,and dislike,to body appreciation and respect.

According to Sophie Lewis," My body is not yours to critique and discuss. My body is not yours for consumption. My body is my vessel. An archive of experiences. A weapon that has fought battles only I understand.A library of love,pain, struggle, victory, and mystery. Your cannot define all it has endured. Do not place value upon my body, place it upon my being."

You have the first and final say about the way you internalise your look.Use the power wisely because No one can ever be You.

Ways to build, strengthen and maintain and neutral self image

  1. Always see and appreciate yourself without comparison or trying to change something.

  2. Improve your life by learning new skills, creative thinking,and being the best You.

  3. Be kinder to yourself

  4. Change for the good of your body. E.g Exercise for your health,buy new clothes to look more good etc

  5. Spread happiness in the world. With time, you will see you are more than just a body.


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