We have heard the jokes and puns about men worrying about baldness, somewhat like women worrying about how big their butt looks in their new jeans.
Usually, articles and advice on improving self-confidence, awareness, and image point toward women.
Would the same advice benefit men in the same way?
Do they need their pep talks that would differ from the womanly advice we receive?
As many suggest, facing and talking about fears is a good start in managing or overcoming them. Some body-image difficulties affect more people than others, and some are fixed (penis size), while others can be altered or improved. Self-help anxiety and body-image books are a great start and help many people. A therapist can also help you work on these anxieties.
Do men and women have such different body image issues, or do men hide it better than women?
If you search for a healthy self-image, most sites found are about women and self-image issues.
Are women more susceptible to damaging self-image and esteem?
According to Self Image In Recovery, the following creates a better self-image.
Your self-image is developed by how you assess the following factors:
* Physical appearance.
* Shape of your body.
* Accomplishments in academics.
* Achievement in athletics.
* Social skills.
* Value system.
* Skills, abilities, and competencies.
* Relationship with family, relatives, siblings, peer groups, and others.
* Behavior in social and professional situations.
* Background and environment from which you came.
* Roles played in life at school, home, work, and in the community.