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Oxford Handbook of the Psychology of Appearance

Edited by Nichola Rumsey and Diana Harcourt

Volume 1, issue Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780199580521
Published online December 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199580521.001.0001
Oxford Handbook of the Psychology of Appearance

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We live in a society in which messages associating physical attractiveness with success and happiness are pervasive. There is an epidemic of appearance concerns amongst teenagers and adults in westernised countries and body image dissatisfaction is now considered normative. Large numbers of people experience negative impacts on wellbeing and, for many adolescents, adults, and even children, appearance concerns are influential in choices about a range of health behaviours. The challenges facing them include difficulties with social encounters and the problem of having to cope with negative self-perceptions. This publication is a comprehensive reference text written by experts in the field. It examines how people feel about the way they look, and why it is that some people are happy with their appearance whilst increasing numbers are troubled by the way they look — reporting that these appearance-related concerns affect many aspects of their lives including relationships, health, and wellbeing. It considers the influence of other people and how the media affects thoughts and behaviours related to appearance. It explores the experiences of people living with a disfigurement in a society that seems to be increasingly focussed on appearance and the pursuit of an idealised image of beauty, size, and weight.

Keywords: physical attractiveness; success; happiness; body image dissatisfaction; wellbeing; health behaviours; negative self-perceptions; relationships; media; disfigurement

Book.  736 pages. 

Subjects: Psychology

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Introduction in Oxford Handbook of the Psychology of Appearance

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Setting The Scene: Overview in Oxford Handbook of the Psychology of Appearance

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Appearance and Society in Oxford Handbook of the Psychology of Appearance

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Embodiment and Appearance in Oxford Handbook of the Psychology of Appearance

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Cross-Cultural Differences in Oxford Handbook of the Psychology of Appearance

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Biomedical Technologies and Appearance in Oxford Handbook of the Psychology of Appearance

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