New Study on Body Image

March 15, 2011

Recent research for body image has demonstrated some exciting new findings.  Results suggest that individuals with body image concerns may perceive themselves entirely different from others and that they actually may have certain emotions, such as disgust and shame, that others do not experience when they see themselves in the mirror.  They also seem to have a different physiological response, meaning that their heart rate, breathing etc. may be altered.  These findings are very important because they can modify the treatment we offer to people who suffer from body image disturbances, such as body dysmorphic disorder and eating disorders. If you or someone you know has concerns about their appearance, you may qualify for a new research project at Bio Behavioral.
Any individual who would like to learn more about how and why she/he does not like the way she looks will be asked to come in for 2 sessions; 1) one in which you will be asked some background information and 2) where you will fill out a few questionnaires and then be taught how to look at yourself in the mirror in a non-judgmental, and holistic way. During this training and exposure, we will be monitoring your physiological responses to see the changes in your emotions.  This exercise could potentially be beneficial in reducing emotional distress. 

If you are interested in learning more about this potentially helpful study, please contact Tatyana at the Bio-Behavioral Institute, 516 487-7116 for more information.