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Feeling Good about the Way You Look: A Program for Overcoming Body Image Problems [Paperback]

Sabine Wilhelm PhD

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June 15 2006 1572307307 978-1572307308 1

In a society where a blemish or “bad hair” can ruin an otherwise perfect day and airbrushed abs dominate the magazine rack, many of us feel ashamed of our bodies. If dissatisfaction with your looks is a distressing preoccupation, this compassionate book offers a way to break free from the mirror. Harvard psychologist Sabine Wilhelm leads you through a step-by-step program that helps you fight the urge to spend hours “fixing” your skin and hair, working out, or shopping for flattering clothes. Reality-check exercises based on cognitive-behavioral therapy demonstrate how to identify unfounded beliefs about your appearance. Once you understand the negative thoughts and feelings that distort your self-image, you’ll be able to shed lengthy grooming rituals and overcome the embarrassment that keeps you from enjoying life. With Dr. Wilhelm’s expert guidance, you’ll learn to replace self-doubt and insecurity with confidence and a positive outlook. Whether you’ve spent thousands on plastic surgery or avoid trips to the beach, dating, or socializing, you owe yourself this opportunity to make peace with your looks. If you or someone you care about is struggling with a body image problem, effective care is finally at hand.


Health care professionals, see also the related treatment manual: Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Body Dysmorphic Disorder.

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'Millions of people suffer from body image concerns. Some are paralyzed by them. Here, Dr. Sabine Wilhelm offers a systematic, scientifically based program of self-treatment. For many, this will be a welcome alternative to expensive professional therapy.' "- Harrison G. Pope Jr., MD, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School; coauthor of The Adonis Complex"" " 'Until now, very little self-help material was available on body dysmorphic disorder, a distressing condition that can lead sufferers to depression, unneccesary cosmetic surgery, and even suicide. If you are struggling with body image problems or care for someone who is, this excellent book offers very helpful guidance.' -" David Veale, MD, FRCPsych, Consultant Psychiatrist in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, London, UK "

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Sabine Wilhelm, PhD, founder and director of the Body Dysmorphic Disorder Clinic (BDD) and Research Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital, is Associate Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. She is internationally recognized as a leading researcher in BDD, a distressing level of dissatisfaction with one's body, and is the principal investigator of two studies investigating treatments for the disorder funded by the National Institute of Mental Health. She lives with her family near Boston.

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5.0 out of 5 stars New hope for those with BDD Aug. 23 2006
By Scott M. Granet - Published on Amazon.com
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I found Sabine Wilhelm's book to be both easy to read and very informative. The step by step approach detailed in the book is exactly what is needed for patients and clinicians alike. I have enthusiastically been recommending it to all of my clients who have BDD, and to colleagues interested in learning more about it. This book offers new hope to the millions of people worldwide who live with this troubling, but treatable disorder.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm Impressed! Jan. 11 2011
By The Gerbs - Published on Amazon.com
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I just started this book and I haven't completed it yet, I'm extremely impressed already. This book is a powerful resource. It is well written and it works! It was written for us folks with small/large body image dilemmas (mostly non-eating disorders).

It can be used as a self help resource or in conjunction with therapy. It can even be given to your therapist as a resource for them to help you. I struggle with acne scars and I am relieved to find the first pages (and subsequent pages) directly address this issue.

This book gives hope and help. I can't say enough positive about this book. It is life-changing.

God bless the author
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just finished it! Dec 26 2012
By Sally Massachusetts - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was great! I suggest reading it through, but then re-reading the chapters that are "work". You have some homework in this book which is great to help you get through your body image issues, however, the con I really saw in this book was Sabine's way of labeling you. She teaches you how to move away from that yourself, but she mentions Body Dismorphic Disorder so many times and kind of pushes it on you to make you feel you too have it. Even though yoyu may or may not, it doesn't make you feel any better. I wish she never labeled you with a problem, rather just stated that you struggle with your image. I think she could be a little less clinical, but the book was well written and could be tremendously helpful. Read, then go back.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great! Oct. 21 2010
By Mark Book - Published on Amazon.com
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this is a great book! the discussion of CBT is inestimable. It is useful even if you don't have BDD -- Body Dysmorphic Disorder. Dr. Wilhelm is a nice person.

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