Posted by Racer on November 12, 2004, at 20:58:26
In reply to No, but they are similar in some ways, posted by Racer on November 12, 2004, at 20:50:37
About the distorted body image and self esteem and all that:
My self esteem ain't ever all that bad. Overall, I think rather well of myself: I know that I'm smart, pretty well informed, able to formulate opinions of my own, educable, attractive, and with a personality which can delight people, and certainly makes many shy people much more comfortable. Things that I value, all of them. People I like, respect, and admire think well enough of me to stay my friends, many for decades and counting. And considering the starting point, what I grew up with, even the problems I have now are understandable and I've done very well in fixing or alleviating most of them. What's not to like, right? It's not self esteem per se.
I do think that the starvation has something to do with the distortion, because as jujube said, our brains are being starved of nutrients we need to think properly. I know that at times my whole perception seems a little --- skewed, in some indefinible way. Maybe the distortion of the body image is more physical than purely psychological? Dunno. There is certainly a psychological base for the beginnings, but it is easy for it to grow out of control.
Dunno if any of this helps you understand, but feel free to ask any questions.