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Body-image and self-esteem issues

The image we have of our bodies is often the most reliable indicator of how we feel about ourselves – our self esteem.

How we feel about our bodies is absolutely vital to our physical and psychological well-being. It seldom has anything to do with our actual bodies and has everything to do with how we think about ourselves.

There is no doubt that sometimes medical intervention is very necessary to correct certain physical characteristics. I know this from personal experience. I had  protruding  front teeth as a youngster and was constantly teased and even bullied about them. A good orthodontist eventually put an end to that.  A child who has sticking-out ears (and nicknamed ‘Bat-wing’. ‘Wing-nut’ or ‘Dumbo’) do better with a tiny bit of cosmetic surgery than on psychotherapy in my opinion.

However we live in a world where apparently many of us need Breast Enlargement, Breast Reduction, Penis Enlargement (but not apparently Penis Reduction but maybe only because that hasn’t been developed yet), ‘Tummy Tucks’, Botox, Hair Transplants etc. White people often ‘need’ artificial tans and skin lighteners are still sold to black people. It’s a circus.



Ever meet an overweight, bald man who always seems to have a pretty girlfriend?

Know an apparently ‘unattractive’ woman who is never short of male interest?

Q: What is their secret?    A: Confidence, self-esteem and no hangups about their bodies.

Provocative Therapy catalyses improved self-esteem and a healthy and realistic attitude towards our bodies. It also tends to be fun and a lot less expensive and painful than plastic surgery.


Experiencing Provocative Therapy

Provocative Therapy has had a significant and ongoing impact on me. The session itself forced to the surface a few truths about myself and my life which I had previously been reluctant to admit to myself. That I found helpful and enlightening. However the real shock came when I watched myself on film afterwards. I was rather dreading having to view myself, especially in such an open and vulnerable position. But nothing prepared me for the shock I had when I firstswitched on the tape. For the first time, I think ever, I was able to view myself objectively. It was not like looking in the mirror or seeing myself on film; never before had I seen myself interact naturally like that. I was surprised how pertinent the contradiction was between the idea I had of myself and how I really appeared. This initial jolt certainly had the most impact but now I’m grateful to have the film so that I can revisit it whenever I need to. Each time it’s almost like going through another session. It forces me toreally look at myself and listen to what I’m saying and to understand that there is a difference between my own, often warped perspective, and the truth in front of me. Louisa Gamon - London