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Old 02-17-13, 10:31 AM   #1
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Whilst shopping yesterday, I caught a glimpse of a girl with slim legs through a window. I looked at her legs and wished mine looked like that. Then I realised, it was my reflection!!! This is a massive deal for me (Iím usually convinced how fat and disgusting I am/look). Iíd never really grasped the extent of my body dysmorphia until that moment. Itís really made me take a step back and re-evaluate my perspectives. I was also so happy that they were my legs haha (sorry if I sound arrogant!)
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Old 02-17-13, 12:28 PM   #2
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Woo :) congrats on having good looking legs ^^
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That's seriously awesome. I'm happy for you (for having great legs and for getting that perspective on yourself!)
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How cool! Good for you for seeing yourself as you really are
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I think it's a good thing too. It's a rare moment where your brain wasn't given the time to put the illness goggles on, where you saw things just as they are for a brief second. Reality is nothing but what we perceive it to be. Our perceptions are influenced by so many things. We have no true objectivity over ourselves except where we can distance ourselves from ourselves. Think of it as colour blindness. Just because you can't see the difference between red and green, a common colour blindness trait, doesn't mean that there is no difference. Your brain just can't process that difference.

Even when you see and feel that something is true it can be very comforting to know that it isn't true. The more you believe in the actual truth the closer you get to seeing it.

I had to make such an acceptance with anxiety in the past. I was convinced I was ill because I felt awful. I've never felt worse for a longer time. It affected everything, I didn't sleep, I didn't eat. I thought my life was effectively over. Two years I suffered and the cure took less than two months.

Since then I define reality a little differently.
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Old 02-19-13, 01:34 PM   #6
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Thank you all

I'm sorry if I sound a bit show-offy or whatever, that's not my intention.

Today, for example, I feel like a beached whale but I need to just keep telling myself I'm not I guess.
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Old 02-20-13, 08:44 PM   #7
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remember that you have sexy legs :)
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It's good and bad at the same time. It's good when it happens, because you see yourself for how you actually are and you get the feeling of "It's not that bad." It's bad, because it makes you realize how sick you are, and because goes away again. It's difficult to describe the dysmorphia aspect to someone who doesn't have the problem. I put it to people as: "It's like looking into a foggy mirror after a hot shower. You see yourself there, but it's all blurry, and not defined at all." Then there's the whole self-perception vs. universal perception vs. the perception of others fucknuttery, which is where things distort more than anywhere else, but I digress...
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It is truly an amazing feeling, and I'm so happy you have now experienced it! Congrats c:
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You could write down what you were thinking and what you felt at that moment so then the next time you're having self doubt, there is something physically there to tell you the truth. I know it's not as easy as that but every little thing helps.
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