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What is a Distorted Self-Image?

What is a Distorted Self-Image?

A man with a distorted self-image

Certain psychological issues can lead to someone experiencing serious issues with self-esteem that can affect them in their daily life. When someone has a distorted self-image they may see themselves in a negative light at all times. Their own image of themselves can often be completely different from reality because their mind distorts their views in ways they cannot control.

Would you like to learn more about mental health treatment for self-esteem issues? Call us today at 424.235.2009.

What Causes a Distorted Self-Image?

A distorted self-image can often be related to appearance but it can also have to do with a person’s own perception of their value, intelligence or talents. When a person has a distorted self-image they find it impossible to see themselves the way that others see them. Those with a negative self-image can find a way to filter anything out that challenges their own harsh opinion of themselves.

In individuals that suffer from eating disorders like anorexia, distorted self-image can come in the form of body dysmorphia. Someone with this problem will see themselves as “fat” or much larger than they are in reality. In spite of continual weight loss and even being underweight in many cases, someone with body dysmorphia will always see a fat person in the mirror.

Someone with a distorted self-image can find ways to reinforce their own beliefs and see clues everywhere that support and confirm their false self-image. Whether those feelings are about some aspect of their appearance or their abilities they will always focus on their own imperfections and disregard the positive things that other people see. Their distorted beliefs can become stronger and more problematic over time if they don’t seek help. Fortunately, effective and reliable help is available.

How Therapy Can Assist With a Distorted Self-Image

Psychotherapy can be very helpful for people struggling with a distorted self-image, especially if it is connected to a specific mental illness. A therapist can find ways to challenge a person’s negative beliefs and help them see themselves in a more positive light.

At Seasons in Malibu, we specialize in treating mental health disorders that can cause or be associated with a distorted self-image. Our team of experienced professionals provides comprehensive care and treatment tailored to the individual needs of each client. With help from our caring staff, you can learn how to replace negative thoughts and behaviors with more positive ones that will improve your self-esteem and lead to a better quality of life.

Working with our team of professionals, clients can learn positive coping strategies and gain insight into why they have developed a distorted self-image. With the right psychological treatment, individuals can learn how to view themselves in a more accurate way and begin to appreciate their positive and unique qualities. Through therapy, clients can discover ways of accepting themselves without feeling ashamed or inadequate.

Improve Your Mental Self-Image Today

We understand that taking the first step toward change can be difficult, but it’s not something you have to do alone. Our experienced team is here for you every step of the way.

At Seasons in Malibu, we strive to provide a safe and supportive environment where our clients feel comfortable sharing their experiences and opening up about the issues that have led to a distorted self-image. Through our comprehensive treatment programs, we work together to find lasting solutions and help clients reach their full potential. Therefore, let us help you build better emotional health and restore your self-esteem.

Call us today at 424.235.2009 to learn more about how we can help you find the path toward a brighter future. We look forward to hearing from you.