We all imbibe harmful messages from our culture about our bodies. Too short, too tall, too fat, too thin–everyone has felt that they don’t measure up in one way or another, and body hatred has real and harmful consequences for our health and happiness.
Body shame can also hurt our relationships. Among other things, it makes it difficult to feel comfortable being naked in front of another person. That discomfort often inhibits people from relaxing, connecting, and experiencing pleasure as fully as they would like to.
If you have a client who struggles with negative body image, or if you’ve struggled with it yourself, I hope that you find something helpful in these links.