Problematyka badań nad psychologicznym wizerunkiem kobiecego ciała
Rocznik: 2003 Tom: 9 Numer: 2
From early years of life the fair sex lives in the world that promotes ideal and desirable body shape knowledge. This knowledge becomes a common female body shape standard established by contemporary visual pop-culture. Every woman notices quickly that her appearance in many cases will determine her social, professional and family successes. That is why a lot of women look for an objective tool of own body appearance assessment. They become preoccupied with their own physical appearance and think or evaluate themselves through the body prism, forgetting about internal capabilities and competencies. Unfortunately this phenomenon described in literature as self-objectification increases destructive body shame and anxiety, as well as decreases self-esteem and mood. It is also a cause of the false self-image appearing and even depression, sexual dysfunction or eating disorders in a further consequence. Actual research status regarding the consequences of female excessive preoccupation with own body image is presented in an article, and also review of the contemporary theoretical proposals describing and explaining this phenomenon in terms of the objectification theory by B.L. Fredrickson and T.A. Roberts.