You See Your Body Differently Than Others See It
People with body dysmorphia often have a distorted view of their bodies. "You might hear people say that other people say their body is one way, but they just don't see it. Or they see themselves as larger than others see them," Dr. Harris said.
What Can Help
Describe your body in nonjudgmental, objective terms. "Instead of saying, 'My face is fat,' say that 'My face has an oval or heart shape,'" Dr. Harris explained. "When we make judgments about ourselves, they're not accurate — especially when we have body dysmorphia and don't see our body as others do."
Remember, feelings aren't facts. If you're struggling with these self-criticisms, you might talk also to a therapist, who can help you spot unhelpful thought patterns and develop skills to cope with them.