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Living with Your Body and Other Things You Hate: How to Let Go of Your Struggle with Body Image Using Acceptance & Commitment Therapyby Emily Sandoz
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Lets be honest: most people are unhappy with at least some aspect of their physical appearance. Just think of all the money we spend each year trying to improve our looks! But if worrying about your appearance is getting in the way of living, maybe its time to start thinking about body image in a completely new way.
Based in proven-effective acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), Living with Your Body and Other Things You Hate offers a unique approach to addressing your struggle with body image. In this book, you will not be told that your self-perceptions are wrong, that your thoughts are irrational, or that your feelings are misguided. Instead, you will learn to live with the reality that these often painful thoughts and beliefs about yourself will arise from time to time, and that what is really important is accepting these distressing thoughts without allowing them to dominate your life.
You know what its like to constantly be checking the mirror, to avoid certain social situations where your body may be exposed, or to gaze longingly at a fashion model in a magazine and think, Why cant I be her?” But what you may not know is that people who struggle with negative body image are at an increased risk for depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and low self-esteem. Body image problems can even lead to major financial issues. By focusing on your appearance and little else, you are hurting yourself in more ways than one.
If you are ready to find a purpose in life that is more important than the pain you feel about your appearance, this book provides a truthful, powerful resource.
Written by Emily Sandoz, Kelly Wilson, and Troy DuFrene, The Mindfulness and Acceptance Workbook for Body Image is the first workbook to apply powerful acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) principles to the treatment of body image dissatisfaction. Body image dissatisfaction is often a component of other psychological disorders, including eating disorders, body dysmorphic disorder, substance abuse disorders, and social phobia. Includes a companion CD with guided audio mindfulness meditations and printable worksheets.
Are you comfortable with the skin youre in? If not, you arent alone. Most people are dissatisfied with some aspect of their physical appearance, but if your unhappiness with your looks starts to take over your life, its time to make a change. This book applies powerful acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) principles to help you accept both your body and negative thoughts, and discover new feelings of validity beyond your reflection in the mirror.
It’s no secret that body image dissatisfaction has reached epidemic levels, but what’s less often understood is the effect that these unhealthy views about one’s body can have on a person’s overall mental health. People who struggle with negative body image are at increased risk for depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and low self-esteem. Body image problems are often at the root of social anxiety and even financial issues, as Americans spend billions to improve their physical appearance each year.
The Mindfulness and Acceptance Workbook for Body Image takes a unique approach to addressing readers’ struggles with their body image. In this workbook, readers will not find soothing arguments that their perceptions are wrong, their thoughts are irrational, and that that feelings are misguided. Instead, readers learn to live with the reality that these often painful thoughts and beliefs about themselves will arise from time to time, and discover new ways of managing these thoughts without allowing them to dominate their lives. The assessments and worksheets in this workbook help readers to realize what body image difficulties have cost them and encourages them to choose a purpose for life that is more important than the pain felt over their body image. The book also includes a companion CD with guided audio mindfulness meditations and printable worksheets.
About the Author
Emily K. Sandoz, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and behavior analyst who specializes in treating clients using acceptance and commitment therapy. She received her doctorate from the University of Mississippi, and she lives and works in New Orleans, LA.
Kelly G. Wilson, PhD, is on the faculty of the Psychology Department at the University of Mississippi. He is co-author of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: An Experiential Approach to Behavior Change, Terapia de Aceptión y Compromiso: Un Tratamiento Conductual Centrado en los Valores, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Chronic Pain, as well as over 45 articles and chapters on related basic and applied issues. His work includes the investigation of acceptance, mindfulness, and values-oriented strategies in the treatment of a variety of problems in living as well as in the basic behavioral science underlying therapeutic change. A complete listing of publications and other academic activities can be found in Wilson’s vita on his academic website.
Troy DuFrene is a writer who specializes in psychology. He is coauthor of Coping with OCD, Mindfulness for Two, and Things Might Go Terribly, Horribly Wrong. He divides his time between the San Francisco Bay Area and Austin, TX.
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