Can insecurities actually make us see our physical selves differently?
I would say absolutely. I have a very negative self-esteem generally - I have to work hard to see myself as a positive, intelligent and good person. I have difficulty seeing what others see in me, no matter how many times they tell me. For a long time, despite everything that I knew and all of the positive things I had done, I had a very hard time looking at myself in the mirror. When I started accepting that I was worthy of love, appreciation and affection, I could not only look at myself, but I could look at myself and smile. I see myself completely differently now. It's still not always easy, but it is one step in a gradual process.
Yes. They make us see ourselves entirely differently. In high school, I was anorexic and thought horribly about myself. After finding my hubby, he taught me to love and enjoy food. Looking at the weight I had gained seemed entirely painful, but he didn't care. He treated me the same way as always and then I have loved myself ever since. Insecurities about what others think about you make a huge difference.
Of course. People who are insecure tend to blow things out of proportion and don't realize that others don't see them in the same way they see themselves. A person may have a small scar and think that everybody notices it, when the truth is that most people wouldn't care enough to even look!
Yes. Just like Iburmaster already said about herself, I was also anorexic in high school. My family and friends started making comments about how thin I was and how they were worried about me getting too thin, but when I looked in the mirror all I saw was a morbidly obese, disgusting person that I hated, despite the fact that I was actually underweight. So yes, insecurities have a huge impact on how we see ourselves physically.
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