• Question: why are some people more self-conscious or body-conscious than others???

    Asked by bechope to Jo, Leo on 25 Jun 2010 in Categories: .
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      Leo Garcia answered on 25 Jun 2010:

      Self consciousness is a psychological phenomenon which often entails shyness and paranoia. Some scientists think that shyness can have a genetic cause, although it would be fair to say that environmental factors, such as things that happen to you as you grow up, will have a very important influence. Child abuse and other traumatic events can lead to anxiety and shyness.

      It is a shame when people are too body conscious. So long as we eat well, exercise regularly and take care of our bodies, the body we have is the body we have – and we should try to be happy with how we look. For instance, I think I have quite a big nose – but I would never be ashamed of it, because it is part of who I am!