Body love = narcissism??

What’s the difference between body love and body narcissism? A lot! A number of women I speak to really want to learn how to love their bodies…but also wonder if that means morphing into the type of person who is a compulsive selfie taker, ie someone who can’t dress up or go somewhere interesting without snapping herself pouting at the camera.

In fact, those who really love their bodies and those who are body narcissists couldn’t be more different. Someone in the latter category can only accept her body if its appearance is validated by particular others, and if she feels a sense of superiority comparing her body to others.

Someone who truly loves her body doesn’t need validation from anyone; she doesn’t need to be told that her body helps her achieve all sorts of awesome things. And she doesn’t need to compare herself. Comparison is meaningless because it’s about how you feel in your body not how it looks that matters. And, anyhow, she knows that, every single person has got a feature that is more beautiful than someone else’s. Comparing them? Meaningless!



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