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Adios Adonis

  1. 1. ADIOS ADONIS Or why are we men as screwy about our bodies as the women?
  2. 2. Abs. Abs. Abs……..
  3. 3. The Adonis Complex <ul><li>Faludi, Susan </li></ul><ul><li>Stiffed. THE BETRAYAL OF THE AMERICAN MAN </li></ul><ul><li>Chapter 9: Man In A Can </li></ul>
  4. 4. Most Readable <ul><li>The Adonis Complex.The Secret Crisis Of Male Body Obsession </li></ul><ul><li>Pope, H.G. et al </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>A Psychosocial Complex </li></ul><ul><li>Several different symptomatic Presentations </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>The Adonis Complex: </li></ul><ul><li>An array of usually secret, but common body image concerns for men/boys that lead to low self esteem. </li></ul>
  7. 7. A New Field <ul><li>Researchers have identified disorders </li></ul><ul><li>Characterization is determined to large extent by DSM IV </li></ul><ul><li>Based on knowledge of disorders, previously seen in women </li></ul>
  8. 8. Issues <ul><li>Time, money, relationships and health may be sacrificed to allow for boys/men to pursue: </li></ul><ul><li>Exercise compulsions and Weight lifting compulsions </li></ul><ul><li>Eating compulsions </li></ul><ul><li>Body Dysmorphia Disorder </li></ul><ul><li>Steroid abuse </li></ul>
  9. 9. Basic Rules <ul><li>SHAME </li></ul><ul><li>SILENCE and SELF INTERNALIZATION </li></ul><ul><li>CONCERN for body appearance in areas of- baldness, body weight, muscle development, penile length, girth and function, fat deposition, acne scarring and breast development. </li></ul><ul><li>MEDIA INFLUENCE ( male perfection) </li></ul>
  10. 10. BDD: a host of serious and unfounded image disorders 25% Body Build 14% Legs 38% Nose 18% Eyes 57% Hair 58% Skin 15%--an underestimate?! Genitals 11% Stomach 12% Breast (Pectorals)
  11. 11. MD <ul><li>Muscle Dysmorphia seen as a sub category of BDD </li></ul>
  12. 12. A Breakdown of Syndromes <ul><li>MD ( Muscle Dysmorphia) </li></ul><ul><li>excessive preoccupation with body size and muscularity </li></ul><ul><li>one subtype of BDD ( Body Dysmorphia Disorder) </li></ul>
  13. 13. DSM IV CRITERIA Workout compulsion Compare your body to other men Drug use and abuse Wear layers of clothes Gym attendance over social life Worry about leaness
  14. 14. Why MD? <ul><li>1) OCD  Obsessive/Compulsive </li></ul><ul><li>2) Media Driven Images </li></ul><ul><li>3) Feminism </li></ul><ul><li>4) Threatened Masculinity </li></ul>
  15. 15. Binge Eating Disorder May include dieting and highly selective patterned eating Often compulsive May be excessive Also may include varied patterns of rituals Binge eating Working out Binge eating
  16. 16. Other eating disorders <ul><li>Bulimia Nervosa </li></ul><ul><li>Vomiting? </li></ul><ul><li>Calorie counting? </li></ul><ul><li>Anorexia Nervosa </li></ul><ul><li>No restaurant attendance? </li></ul>
  17. 17. Steroid Abuse <ul><li>Appearance </li></ul><ul><li>BDD </li></ul>
  18. 18. Threatened Masculinity <ul><li>Peer group and mentors absent </li></ul><ul><li>No real tribe </li></ul><ul><li>Poor male parenting </li></ul><ul><li>Male identity </li></ul><ul><li>New expectations </li></ul><ul><li>The media </li></ul>
  19. 19. What do we Accomplish today? Get Guys to talk about body image issues, how we feel and how we’ll deal!

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