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Don't make Comparisons
. It's easy to make mistakes and make false assumptions when making comparisons, because we rarely have enough information in order to be accurate or honest. Research can easily be skewed, and our observations could easily fool us into seeing things differently then other people do.

It's your body, you need to learn how to love it so that you can be comfortable in your own skin, forever and always.

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Social Comparison Theory the belief that there is a drive within individuals to gain accurate self-evaluations. The theory explains how individuals evaluate their own opinions and abilities by comparing themselves to others in order to reduce uncertainty in these domains, and learn how to define the self.
Pairwise Comparison is any process of comparing entities in pairs to judge which of each entity is preferred, or has a greater amount of some quantitative property, or whether or not the two entities are identical. The method of pairwise comparison is used in the scientific study of preferences, attitudes, voting systems, social choice, public choice, and multiagent AI systems. In psychology literature, it is often referred to as paired comparison.
Reference is a relation between objects in which one object designates, or acts as a means by which to connect to or link to, another object. The first object in this relation is said to refer to the second object. The second object, the one to which the first object refers, is called the referent of the first object.
Ratings

What exactly are you looking at? The surface? Or what's causing the surface to look differently? Is it just your perception? Or is it something that is related to a cause and effect scenario that you can confirm? Like an injury, or something hereditary, or something that indicates a health problem? Don't ever assume that what you see is exactly what you're looking at. There are many layers, and once you define these layers, then can you avoid looking at yourself so narrowly, or so definitively. Stick with the facts, and skip the self-pity comparisons, there's no time to waste on that kind of bullshit anyway. Be a doctor, not a critic. This is your status, now go, we have a life to live.

Body Image is a person's perception of the aesthetics or sexual attractiveness of their own body.
My Body Image (youtube)

Assumptions people make when looking at other people (info-graph)

Self Image is the mental picture, generally of a kind that is quite resistant to change, that depicts not only details that are potentially available to objective investigation by others (height, weight, hair color, gender, I.Q. score, etc.), but also items that have been learned by that person about themself, either from personal experiences or by internalizing the judgments of others. A simple definition of a person's self-image is their answer to the question "What do you believe people think about you?".
Self-image may consist of three types: Self-image resulting from how the individual sees themself. Self-image resulting from how others see the individual. Self-image resulting from how the individual perceives others see them.
How our Body can effect our Thinking

Human Physical Appearance is the outward phenotype or look of human beings. There are infinite variations in human phenotypes, though society reduces the variability to distinct categories. Physical appearance of humans, in particular those attributes which are regarded as important for physical attractiveness, are believed by anthropologists[citation needed] to significantly affect the development of personality and social relations. Humans are acutely sensitive to their physical appearance, some[who?] theorize for reasons of evolution. Some differences in human appearance are genetic, others are the result of age, lifestyle or disease, and many are the result of personal adornment.

Visual Appearance of objects is given by the way in which they reflect and transmit light. The color of objects is determined by the parts of the spectrum of (incident white) light that are reflected or transmitted without being absorbed. Additional appearance attributes are based on the directional distribution of reflected (BRDF) or transmitted light (BTDF) described by attributes like glossy, shiny versus dull, matte, clear, turbid, distinct, etc.

Appearance (philosophy) to show, shine, appear, to be manifest or manifest itself, plural phenomena),[1] is any thing which manifests itself. Phenomena are often, but not always, understood as "things that appear" or "experiences" for a sentient being, or in principle may be so.

Phenotype is the composite of an organism's observable characteristics or traits, such as its morphology, development, biochemical or physiological properties, phenology, behavior, and products of behavior (such as a bird's nest). A phenotype results from the expression of an organism's genes as well as the influence of environmental factors and the interactions between the two. When two or more clearly different phenotypes exist in the same population of a species, the species is called polymorph.

Philosophy
Art
Spatial Intelligence
Self-Smart
Attractions
Morality

Nothing is Perfect. Perfection is only a fantasy, and achievable only in our dreams. But even then, most Perfections are unnecessary and irrelevant. Perfection is more of a desired goal, not necessarily a reality that someone can achieve. So even a dream about perfection is not perfect. To be Functional, Practical and Healthy is as Perfect as Reality could ever get. So don't waste too much time Fantasizing about things that are unnecessary and irrelevant, especially when most dreams about perfection are Self-Centered and Delusional. There are much Better Dreams to Dream.

"Your life doesn't have to be perfect, your life just has to have value."

Understand how the Media Deceives and Warps Reality

"Being beautiful can be a distraction and be more harmful then good. And not being beautiful can a blessing in Disguise."

"Everything has beauty, but not everyone can see." —Confucius

DOCS: Superhuman - World's Smallest People (youtube, Nov 5, 2015, 48:36)

'Ugly': A Memoir Of Childhood, Deformity And Learning To Love A Distinctive Face

Whether you feel that you look beautiful or ugly does not matter, because they are both dangerous perceptions. Being conceited has its dangers, and being self-degrading also has its dangers. We should all decide to make Beauty or Ugly only in reference to nature. We should stop using Beauty or ugly to describe a human, even if that human is yourself. It doesn't need to be a law, just a common courtesy and a collective acknowledgment that beauty or ugly are illogical terms to describe humans. We should not use words that separate humans or encourages prejudice that's based on appearance. We shall use from now on "You look better, you look good, you look the same, you don't look as good as you use to," because of a particular condition, and not related to old age or any other natural accruing human phenomenon. Try using these phrases.. Does that look better? Does that look the same? Does that look different? When we stop using words against ourselves, everyone will communicate more effectively, and not just to each other, but also to ourselves. Language is truly one of our greatest gifts, and one of our most powerful tools. But language comes with a huge responsibility. Everyone has to learn to fully understand the amazing abilities that language gives us, but we also have to learn about the dangers of language, especially when a person is not educated enough and lacks the skills and the vocabulary.

Use language to teach the importance of language
Embodied Cognition 

There are many things in my life that I am not totally in control of. Even though I am getting better at controlling things in my life, I am still not in control of everything. I prioritize, but I have to learn how not to ignore things that still may be important. So I have to learn how to spend some more time on the lower priorities in my life, because they still may have significance. How many things do I need to be in control of in my life in order to feel that I am in control of my life? Without turning into a Control Freak or becoming a Perfectionist.

No need to feel Embarrassment or Shame, those Anxieties are to close to being Paranoid. Your Awareness should only relate to the facts, there is no such thing as perfect, and a beautiful mind is more powerful and more important then a beautiful body.

And you don't want to be over confident for that will just cause more problems and more dysfunction. And don't seek the approval of ignorant people who judge others superficially. And don't pay attention to others prejudice and the shallow remarks of ignorant people. And don't let others distract you from how important you are or let others cause you to forget how incredible you are, you are not measured by other peoples ignorance. You are better then that. So show them what a great person is all about, by either ignoring them, or by having a intelligent reply to their ignorance, like, "Your insecurity and your disrespect towards others saddens me, I pray that you overcome your ignorance so that you can see your potential instead of wasting it on superficial nonsense."

Body Shaming
Fat Shaming
Bullying
Assaults on Women

Your appearance and your image is irrelevant. If you feel that it is, then your conceitedness will rob you, and others, of what's really important, like family, friends, people and life. Worrying about how you look will waste time, energy and resources and disrespect the gift of life on the grandest scale. Your self reflection and self worth will be so distorted that you will cease to be human, and eventually become a self indulge reflection of an addict. Someone who's' more focused on how they look then what kind of person they are. So self-conscious that you will become unconscious of the world around you. You need to see the world free from judgment and experience the world honestly and openly, without the constant self reflecting paranoia that strips you of any humanity or decency that you have left in your self loathing soul. This goes beyond a false pride or an exaggerated sense of self-importance. People who are worried how others see them, are blind to who they really are, and they can never see people for who they really are. You will live in a self induced prison and at the same time be an insult to yourself. Not only will your relationships be shallow and meaningless, your relationship to the world will also be shallow and meaningless. When you let this go, you will experience life as if you were just born, a great awakening. You will become incredibly grateful that you have finally become relaxed enough to enjoy life and see life through eyes of empathy, sympathy and appreciation.

Appreciation:
Understanding of the nature or meaning or quality or magnitude of something. Delicate discrimination (especially of esthetic values) An expression of gratitude. A favorable judgment.

Sympathy:
Sharing the feelings of others (especially feelings of sorrow or anguish). A relation of affinity or harmony between people; whatever affects one correspondingly affects the other.

Empathy:
Understanding and entering into another's feelings.



"Life is more about the gift, not the package that it comes in "

“What's the whole point of being pretty on the outside when you’re so ugly on the inside?”

"The most beautiful quality in a person is their brains, beauty will only take you so far."

 "Don’t choose the one who is beautiful to the world; choose the one who makes your world beautiful."

"Be the master of your own image rather than letting others define if for you."

"We may never be perfect, but we can get smarter."

"While you’re busy looking for the perfect person, you’ll probably miss the imperfect person who could make you perfectly happy."

“You may be married to a star, but that doesn't mean they'll treat you like one.”

“Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart.”

“The ugliest thing in the world is a beautiful woman without the brains or courage to know that [beauty] is nothing more than an accident.”

“I know it's not the clothes that make women beautiful or otherwise, nor beauty care, nor expensive creams, nor the distinction of costliness of their finery. I know the problem lies elsewhere. I don't know where. I only know it isn't where women think.”

"I might not always have control how I look on the outside, but I certainly have more control of what happens on in the inside."

Life Quotes


When a women asks me "How do I look?" Of course I say great. But what I really want to say is "In reference to what? Compared to what? And what is the actual question?" Because I just don't want to be respectable, I also want to be accurate so that we can both learn something about each others self-image. So you're not just looking for encouragement, but something factual too. Does being pretty mean that you're more susceptible to being exploited and being abused? Does being pretty also mean that you're more likely to be undereducated, because education will seem unnecessary and irrelevant because your good looks seem to provide with everything that you want, but not everything that you need? Of course mostly everyone is vulnerable to these same problems, it's just seems that beauty carries its own added risk.

Awareness can work against you, especially when you're aware of the wrong things at the wrong time for the wrong reasons, which makes your awareness more of a hindrance then a benefit. If it wasn't for other people, how you see yourself wouldn't matter. Because it's not so much what you perceive yourself to be, it's more about what you think how other people perceive you to be. You shouldn't worry about what other people think, but there are times when you have to anticipate other peoples reactions to certain things, because those reactions could complicate things or make a particular situation uncomfortable or even risky. So you're not worrying about what other people think, you're mostly just being aware of the fact that other people do think, and most of the time people are not thinking about you, but you should be prepared if they do think about you for what ever reason.

Nothing is ugly, Ugly does not exist. Something that is pleasing to the eye does not mean that it is beautiful, and something that isn't pleasing to the eye does not mean that it is ugly, beautiful and ugly are just opinions, not facts or reality. But that doesn't mean that you can not improve something or make something look better. But that is still just a personal Preference and your Personal Perception.   

What is Perfectionism?
What is an Inferiority Complex?
Mirror Neuron 

You Are Not Your Body: Janine Shepherd (youtube)
Nobody's Perfect (youtube)   

Body Language
Society
Selfesteem.org

Aesthetics (wiki)

Physical Attractiveness

The Thin Ideal 
               
Stella Young: I'm not your inspiration, thank you very much (video)
The What's Underneath Project: Melanie Gaydos (youtube)

Depersonalization Disorder feeling disconnected from one's body, feeling detached from one's own thoughts or emotions.
Awareness

Somatoparaphrenia where one denies ownership of a limb or an entire side of one's body.
Body integrity identity disorder (BIID)

The Different Body Types of Athletes (photo)


Makeup
Be Careful of Toxic Cosmetics
Ingredients of Cosmetics
Skin Deep
Cosmetics to Avoid
The Story of Cosmetics (2010)
Mink 3D Print Custom Makeup at Home
Makeup (wiki)
Cosmetics (wiki)
How to Apply Makeup (youtube)  wikihow
Hazardous Chemicals in Cosmetics
Toxins in Products
Make-up Artist
Eco-Friendly Organic Makeup
Herbal cosmetics in ancient India
Grow your own Cosmetics
#NoMakeup

Clothes
Do clothes really make the man, or woman?
Do the clothes you wear change your body image?
Personal Stylist
Embodied Cognition (wiki) 
Embodied Cognition
Improve Your Body Image (wikihow)  
10 Steps for a Positive Body Image

The Four in Hand Knot, How to tie a tie - Quick and Easy (youtube)
How To Tie a Tie: Half Windsor (youtube)

Beauty is a characteristic of an animal, idea, object, person or place that provides a perceptual experience of pleasure or satisfaction.
Beauty Work
Glamour is the impression of attraction or fascination that a particularly luxurious or elegant appearance creates, an impression which is better than the reality.
Fashion is a popular style or practice, especially in clothing, footwear, accessories, makeup, body, or furniture.
Dress Code are different rules and expectations being valid depending on circumstance and occasion. Clothes may indicate a person's gender, income, occupation and social class, political, ethnic and religious affiliation, attitude towards comfort, fashion, traditions, gender expression, marital status, sexual availability, and sexual orientation, etc. Clothes may also convey other social messages including the stating or claiming personal or cultural identity, the establishing, maintaining, or defying social group norms, and appreciating comfort and functionality. And clothes may say nothing at all about a person, especially someone who does not care what they look like as long as they are comfortable.
Subjectivity are influences, informs, and biases that affect people's judgments about truth or reality. Objective
Objectifying Women
Media & The Distortion of Body Image (youtube)
Facade
Masculinity is a set of attributes, behaviors and roles generally associated with boys and men.
Femininity is a set of attributes, behaviors, and roles generally associated with girls and women.
The Human Body

Why do people act more freely when at a Masquerade?
Could pretending that you're wearing a Mask give you the same effect? 

Mask: 1995 Film (wiki)  Video Clip (youtube) 

Posing:
Assume a Posture or certain Position as for Artistic purposes. Pretend to be someone you are not; sometimes with fraudulent intentions. Behave affectedly or unnaturally in order to impress others.

Role Playing
Body Language
Good Posture
Rick Quidotti: From Stigma to Supermodel (video) 
Stigma (video)
Social Stigma (wiki)
Prejudice
Real Beauty Sketches (youtube)

When comparing yourself to others you have to know why you're comparing yourself to others and know exactly what you're comparing? Most of the times you're not comparing, you're just insecure. So called ' Imperfections ' are truly a blessing in Disguise because Beauty, or just Perceived Beauty, can destroy a persons life and cause more problems then originally Perceived.     

Falling in Love with your own Reflection
Carly Simon - You're So Vain (youtube)   

"They say that Symmetry is a factor with good looks, but that's just math, a person is still more important then numbers."

"Don't let the way you look effect the way you see. To see yourself is one thing, looking at the world is another. If you're so focused on the way you look, you will miss most of everything else that you can see. Vision is a gift. If you truly want to see yourself than just close your eyes."   

"Saying someone is ugly doesn’t make you any prettier."

Obsession:
An unhealthy and compulsive preoccupation with something or someone.

Fixation 
Eating Disorder

Fame - Attention
Self-Centered
Conceited
Vanity
Narcissism
People Smart
Sexuality
Body Kinesthetic

Beauty and the Beast
Joseph Merrick (Elephant Man)
Body Dysmorphia

Confidence
Body Positive
Bold Her
Somatotype and Constitutional Psychology: Ectomorphic, Mesomorphic and Endomorphic Body Types   
Gymnophobia
Alice in Wonderland Syndrome
Prosopagnosia
Rebirth
Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder
Psychology Today

Most teens explore their sense of self by experimenting with different looks, different hair styles, different roles, new activities and different behaviors. But as we get older we usually just pick a style that is simple, practical and the easiest to manage. It is not so much about conforming, it's more about gaining knowledge and information about yourself and the world to the point where you just want to keep things simple so that you can easily navigate through life without being tied to a particular character. Of course our explorations continue, except now it's more about what we see in yourself and what we see in the world, and it's not so much anymore about what we see in the mirror, which was that Superficial image that we thought was so important, that has now taken a backseat to reality. .

I like this song by Christina but I don't like the video, the video would have been better if she was just looking in the mirror and then walking in public then ending with the mirror scene, because most of words that we use to judge ourselves are our own.
So when Christina says at the end of the song "Don't you bring me down today" she is actually talking to herself.
Christina Aguilera - Beautiful (youtube)    

"Sometimes you are your own worst enemy"

 Be Nice to Yourself

 Another good song about self image is the song from Linkin Park called 'Crawling' (youtube)

Mirrors
So how do you see yourself? Does that reflect what you see in the Mirror? Does your Reflection match the same image that others see? Does it matter? Of course not. All that matters is how you see yourself within. If you don't like what you see in the mirror you should only look at your face for what it is, a Face. Is your face healthy? Does your face work? Of course you don't want to look like a slob, we're not saying dirty is OK, it's just not that important sometimes. Do what you can and just go with it.

You Look Fine    What matters is how you see yourself

A Year without Mirrors
A Month without a Mirror
The Mirror Lies (youtube)

What Do Strangers Think Of You? 

Mere-Exposure Effect
Non-Reversing Mirror
Mirror mirror on the wall, who's the fairest of them all?
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

"One positive thought in the morning can change your whole day."

This is your theme Song...from me to you, from you to me, from me to me, from you to you...
You Are So Beautiful, To Me (Sung by Ray Charles)
You Are So Beautiful - Joe Cocker
You Are So Beautiful (wiki)

Love Songs





The Thinker Man