Challenges to the Self

  • Margaret E. Backman


On her way to recovery after a long illness, Caroline no longer felt like the attractive, sophisticated woman she had been. “I feel like a doddering old lady,” she cried woefully. “I have no energy; I feel ugly, gnarled—like one of those old women sitting on a veranda, rocking in her chair, as if life has passed me by—I can’t fight anymore.” Trying to regain her old self seemed like too much of an effort, and for that matter she wasn’t sure that she wanted to be that person anymore.


Body Image Medical Concern Body Image Distortion Poor Body Image Unsightly Scar 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Margaret E. Backman
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  1. 1.Office of Health ServicesBarnard College, Columbia UniversityNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychiatryNew York University Medical CenterNew YorkUSA

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