Dating seeking reassurance
This can lead to ongoing problems in your social and romantic relationships, work or study, and life enjoyment and satisfaction.Negative body image appears to develop through a combination of biological and environmental factors.I’ve discussed what body image is in a previous post (see https://morethanflesh.wordpress.com/2014/02/01/sketches-distortion/).To reiterate, body image is not our actual appearance, but rather an internal representation we have of our appearance.Having a body image problem, means that you tend to view your body in a particularly negative (and sometimes biased or distorted) way.Negative body image can lead to a preoccupation with, and dissatisfaction about, your body (or a particular area of your body) and higher levels of anxiety and distress. is associated with poorer relationship quality and internalizing problems, especially for girls and young women, says UMaine Doctoral Research Fellow Jessica Fales.In her research to better understand the well-documented link between depression and interpersonal rejection, Fales focused on three social processes: excessive reassurance seeking, negative feedback seeking and co-rumination or excessive discussion of personal problems with a tendency to focus on negative topics.
Keep in mind while you’re reading this post, that different people manage their negative body image in different ways.
Greater understanding of the social processes in adolescent romantic relationships and their implications for depression has the potential to improve intervention programs.
In younger children, its normal for them to seek reassurance, Fales says.
She is investigating the role of the stress hormone cortisol as another potential contributor to relationship instability, lower relationship quality and poorer mental health over time.
Cortisol irregularities have previously been associated with clinical depression.
Most intriguing was that in romantic relationships, we found that males engage in excessive reassurance seeking just as much as females, says Fales, a fifth-year graduate student in the Psychology Departments Clinical Ph. The research showed that both males and females engage in these interpersonal processes with their romantic partners, in most cases more so than they do with their friends.