Physical perfectionism causes depression

It is no secret. Appearance and superficiality seem to rule the canon of beauty. But that has its downsides. It usually causes eating and emotional disorders. Moscow State University of Psychology and Education (MGPPU) found that physical perfectionism often causes depression. To such an extent that they think it’s an epidemic.

Physical perfectionism causes depression and searches for an unattainable ideal.
Physical perfectionism causes depression and searches for an unattainable ideal.
Internalizing Standards

The article was published in the journal Konsultativnaya for Psychology and Psychotherapy. There are mental disorders caused by young people’s dissatisfaction with their bodies. Achieving certain standards of beauty seems to be the only thing that matters. But physical perfectionism causes depression if not handled well.

The pioneering Russian psychologist Lev Vygotsky said that the development of an individual takes place in the process of internalization. Cultural norms, rules, habits and standards are internalized. These ideas don’t always contribute to mental health. We internalize the ideal body image of popular culture and compare it with ourselves.

“The ideal image is created through retouching and various changes. It’s unreal and unnatural. It is impossible to achieve and it provokes negative feelings of self-rejection. This multiplies the unsuccessful attempts to achieve this ideal, ”says Alla Jolmogórova. She is the dean of the Faculty of Psychology at MGPPU.

There is an obsession to reflect the perfect figure, the perfect smile, the perfect life.
There is an obsession to reflect the perfect figure, the perfect smile, the perfect life.
Psychological hygiene

Scientists propose the three-factor scale of physical perfectionism. They evaluate willingness to resort to plastic surgery to correct imperfections. They analyze the standards of physical appearance and the level of attention paid to them. And also the tendency to make unfavorable social comparisons of physical appearance with that of other people.

«Russian girls between the ages of 18 and 23 attended various universities in the country. There is a connection between this and the symptoms of depression and worry, ”says Jolmogórova.

According to scientists, psychological hygiene measures should be developed. This could prevent eating disorders. Depression and anxiety have become threatening among young people in recent decades. According to Russian and foreign scientists, the problem is already epidemic.

Perhaps we should learn to look at ourselves with a little less severity. Our eyes may inadvertently deform what the mirror is returning.

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