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Anxiety - Does my Anxiety Look Fat in this Mirror? - Psychologist, Counselling & Mediation Services » Psychologist, Counselling & Mediation Services

Anxiety – Does my Anxiety Look Fat in this Mirror?

Story by Rosalin Primrose

Here is a circular argument brought to life.  British research into Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) has uncovered the unsettling information that women induced by researchers to stare into mirrors for only ten minutes at a time became more anxious and depressed.

Sad girl looking into mirror

Mirror gazing increases anxiety

For BDD sufferers, it may be a chicken and egg situation in which distress about the way one looks leads to checking out the body in a mirror, which leads to standing before a mirror finding fault many times a day which increases ANXIETY and depression..  For the experimental subjects, life got worse too……

London’s Daily Mail reports:

  • Ten minutes of looking at reflection increases anxiety
  • On average women stare in the mirror 38 times a day

“Volunteers who gazed at their reflections for up to ten minutes at a time gradually became more and more anxious and depressed about their looks – even if they were perfectly happy with them to start with.

Research found volunteers who gazed at their reflections for up to ten minutes at a time became more anxious and depressed about their looks.

The findings were surprising, scientists admitted, because they had only expected prolonged mirror gazing to adversely affect volunteers in the experiment who had already been diagnosed with BDD – where sufferers permanently worry about their looks or shape.”

Other surveys have shown that there are great differences between the mirror behaviours of men and women.

The Mail reports:

“British women stare in the mirror around 38 times every day and men 18 times a day and women are much more critical of their appearance than men.

Some research suggests up to eight out of ten women are dissatisfied with their reflection.”

Do you recognise yourself in this anxiety inducing behavior? Then maybe it’s time to turn the mirrors to the wall?   If you have trouble changing this non-serving behavior than seek help from a  mental health professional.


Rosalin Primrose MA
Registered Psychologist
Mob: 0424 002 640

 

 

 

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