When I watched this video, I gasped. For me, this is so true and something I experience everyday with my patients. No matter how beautiful my patients are, most are quick to point out their perceived flaws.
I have patients who have tiny spider veins on their legs who will not wear shorts in the hot summer heat. One patient pointed to an area on her face that she was concerned about that I had to use magnifying glasses to see. I remember a woman who came in for an annual exam wearing a turtleneck in the summer because of her embarrassment over the freckles on her neck and upper chest.
I’m often puzzled when I hear a lot of the statements about what’s wrong, because I’m usually focused on the twinkle in someone’s eye or their warm and welcoming smile.
I’m just as guilty of having a distorted body image and of focusing too much on the flaws not the positive aspects. I’m going to try to do better. I may not be able to trumpet my best features overnight, maybe I can start with baby steps by following the adage, “If you don’t have something nice to say, then don’t say anything at all.”