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This Book Will Make You Feel Beautiful

This book will make you feel beautiful

Body image insecurities can affect your entire life. Constantly worrying about how you look can ruin your day-to-day experiences, curb your ambitions and make you feel you don’t measure up in some way. If this sounds familiar, it’s time to take action.

This compact book addresses the root causes of body image anxiety and breaks them down so you can start changing how you view yourself, your appearance and any difficulties you’re facing. Dr Jessamy Hibberd and Jo Usmar use the latest CBT techniques with practical exercises to enable you to build your self-esteem so you’ll feel confident, self-assured and beautiful.

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The ‘This Book Will…’ series published by Quercus aims to make psychology accessible and easy to understand. Based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) they’re practical, straight-forward and packed full of strategies that are proven to work.

Each book provides clear and simple ways to overcome problems leading to immediate results (as well as long-term change). Helping you to feel your best and manage any difficulties you might be facing.

The series is now published in ten languages and launched in the US.

Unfortunately, more and more people (both men and women) are feeling dissatisfied with how they look. Recent research found that 90 per cent of British women experience body image anxiety, 50 per cent of girls who smoke do so to suppress their appetite and 69 per cent of men “often” wish they looked like someone else. These statistics should be shocking, but sadly they’re not. Chances are you picked up this book because you suffer from physical insecurities that affect your life or you know someone else who does. Which, in a way, is sort of good news.

No, really, it is - because it means you’re not alone. Feeling low, insecure, angry, ashamed or embarrassed about how you look can be exceptionally lonely, but please be reassured that how you feel is a totally normal response to external and internal pressures. You’re not bad, wrong or weird for feeling the way you do. Knowing other people are going through the same thing won’t inspire any high-fives or merry jigs, but it should puncture the loneliness a bit.

Most of the views we hold about our appearance are unfair, unrealistic and unhelpful, but we've become so attached to them we consider them absolute truths. We are too ugly, fat, thin, scrawny, big, tall, short, hairy, bald or gangly. We dismiss anything that points to the contrary and only ever focus on totally nonsensical "evidence” that backs up our view (“She’s staring at the huge gap in my teeth”, “I didn't get the job because I don’t look the part”).

This brings us to the second piece of good news: there are loads of ways to combat these negative impressions and to create a much healthier and realistic view of yourself. By challenging these thoughts, changing you behaviour and actively pursuing a healthier body image you’ll feel more confident, self-assured and happier with how you look and life in general. Which is where this book comes in.

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