The Corporeal Identity

When the Self-Image Hurts

  • Elena Faccio

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Elena Faccio
    Pages 1-11
  3. Elena Faccio
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  4. Elena Faccio
    Pages 27-44
  5. Elena Faccio
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  6. Elena Faccio
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  7. Elena Faccio
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  8. Back Matter
    Pages 137-167

About this book


Why do so many people feel uneasy when they look in the mirror or see pictures of themselves? The contrast between their body and the way they imagine it to be, or the way they wish it were, may account for their malaise. This contrast might even be the starting point for various kinds of psychological disorders. If a person’s self-image fails to match up to their vision of the body they would rather have, that person may experience feelings of dissatisfaction and low self-esteem, deeply wounding his or her self-identity. The more physical appearance becomes the calling card for those who seek the approval of others, the truer this fact becomes. The Corporeal Identity: When the Self-Image Hurts, written by a committed university researcher and psychologist, successfully elaborates concepts drawn from a variety of disciplines an draws on professional experience largely dedicated to exploring disorders wherein body identity is the chosen field for communication and exchange.


Body awareness Body identity Body image Corporeal identity Dysmorphophobia

Authors and affiliations

  • Elena Faccio
    • 1
  1. 1., Department of Applied PsychologyUniversity of PaduaPaduaItaly

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4614-5679-7
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4614-5680-3
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