Ask anyone and they'll tell you they'd like to change some perceived physical flaw. But some people are more than just a little bit embarrassed about their bodies. Learn more about embarrassment while you test your knowledge with this quiz.
If you suffer from a fear of blushing, what condition do you have?
Blushing is controlled by what system in your body?
parasympathetic nervous system
sympathetic nervous system
What is body dysmorphic disorder?
an obsessive need to exercise
a compulsive need to add tattoos to one's skin
a chronic mental illness in which a sufferer can't stop thinking about a physical flaw -- a flaw that is either minor or imagined
Which of these is an example of an exposure exercise used in treatment for body dysmorphic disorder?
standing under fluorescent lights in public
intentionally messing up the patient's hair before they go out in public
standing close to people when talking
all of the above
People with body dysmorphic disorder exhibit which of these behaviors?
seeking reassurance about physical appearance
scrutinizing the appearances of other people
all of the above
True or false: When you think about bad things, you undergo a physical reaction.
What are the most severe consequences of being embarrassed about a physical condition or perceived flaw?
skipping a party from time to time
avoiding social situations and intimate relationships
True or false: Sweating heavily in certain situations is a sign your body is experiencing a fight-or-flight response.
True or false: Some people yawn when they're nervous.
How common is it for people to be embarrassed about their bodies?
Quite common. Almost everyone is embarrassed about some bodily feature.
Rare. Few people fixate on their own imperfections.