Psychology and Mental Health Forum

Author:  margharris [ Wed Mar 04, 2015 4:29 am ]
Blog Subject:  Body dysmorphia, a link between emotion and behaviour

I think before one starts to unravel or tame the worst aspects of a disorder like BDD, one has to have a framework for analyzing behaviours and their motivation. I like the concept of three components to the personality. We are all used to hearing about the vulnerable and needy inner child. We are also familiar with the adult self that has to initiate to give us an adult directed life. I think the concept of a third entity, the Outer child or teenager is a valuable construct. The teenager or outer child is responsible for all our compulsive, impulsive selfish behaviour the falls short of being responsible and accountable to our adult.
So in getting better from any mental illness we have to calm the frightened inner child, tame the urges of our teenager and strengthen and align with wisdom our true adult self. We are then accepting and in harmony with all that we are and the potential within can flow. We have resolved our inner conflicts of who we truly are. Marg

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