I recently discovered that vanity is associated with a psychological disorder. The name given to this pathology is Body Dysmorphic Disorder BDD, originally known as Dysmorphophobia.
How about that?
Of course, this is Vanity taken to extremes. This is an unusual concern for some physical imperfection or an obsession over your appearance and body image.
Recently there was a scandal in Hollywood because the actress Gwyneth Paltrow, said when asked, “...I won’t do Botox again because I looked crazy. I looked like Joan Rivers”.
Obviously, Joan Rivers responded to Paltrow’s statements, with the sarcasm that identifies her.
In this particular case I have to side with actress Gwyneth Paltrow, in my opinion Mrs. Rivers has gone too far with the use of Botox and plastic surgeries. Her once beautiful face looks strange.
Sometimes the fear of wrinkles and specially aging make us lose the perspective of the aesthetic. All these people who abuse Botox and cosmetic surgeries end up having look alike faces that have lost their human characteristics. That doesn’t exempt Mrs. Rivers to be one of the finest entertainment journalists and a woman we shall respect and admire. Today's blog is not aimed to discuss Hollywood or celebrity gossip, but to analyze the vanity.
Personally, I consider vanity as something good and positive, as long as it is not carried to extremes. However, the Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines vanity as "something that is vain, empty or useless" and defines the word vain as “something of no real value: idle, worthless”, etc., the connotation of its meaning is anything but positive.
Is it negative to be vain? I think not, I think we should be proud of our physical, intellectual and spiritual qualities. Vanity is always associated with something physical, but I know people very vain by their intellectual or moral qualities. Many religions condemn physical vanity but favor and praise moral vanity.
Vanity, not taken to pathological extremes, is something that must be an important part of each individual. In my case, my share of vanity is fed with shoes and books! There is nothing that makes me happier than a new pair of shoes (beautiful, fashionable and comfortable), as well as to increase my book collection. I Love Books! I live surrounded by them. Recently I discovered that buying special editions feeds my vanity and ego and therefore my self-esteem. I have become an snobbish book collector!
I would like to leave you with this amazing video from Dove that beautifully exemplifies my feelings towards vanity and the need to be a little vain.
Dove evidence that “only 4% of women around the world considered themselves beautiful”.
Most women (and I am sure men do too) have an incorrect perception of themselves, in contrast to how others perceive them. Obviously, having a wrong perception of itself is a source of anxiety and low self esteem.
A little vanity does not harm anyone.
To learn more about Dove Real Beauty Sketches click here and you can watch the video in the box below.
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