There are countless positive and negative ripple effects of the pandemic, with one of the negatives being a new type of body insecurity—referred to as Zoom Dysmorphia.
What Is Body Dysmorphia?
Body dysmorphia is a disorder that involves obsessively focusing on perceived flaws in appearance. The flaw may be minor or imagined. For example, being fairly thin but seeing yourself in the mirror as overweight. This goes beyond the troubled areas we all have, to investing hours per day stressing and obsessing over body issues.
What Is Zoom Dysmorphia?
We are spending more time on Zoom, Facetime, Skype, and other video apps than ever before. While this enables us to connect and engage with others, it leaves us staring back at ourselves more frequently than we did pre-pandemic. Many are zeroing in on areas they have always been self-conscious about and identifying new flaws, leading to a rise in plastic surgery requests for many who don’t like what they see.
Putting Things In Perspective
Regardless of what it’s rooted in, dysmorphia is real. If yours has worsened or developed due to increased video chatting, it’s time to put things into perspective. First and foremost, looking into a video screen is not an accurate reflection of your physical appearance. The camera height and angle alter your features. This is why you may see something entirely different when you look in the mirror. Second, no one is perfect, and your value and worth come from within.
Instead of trying to “fix” what you see, tape paper over your video image box, consider Louise Hay mirror work, and work with a therapist to manage your obsessive thoughts.