I Have Self Image Issues

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 437 People

    To See Ourselves As Others See Us

    Everyone wants to look good.  Whether you want to appear attractive or come across as cool or whatever, everybody wants to have a certain self image.  The problem is, how we want to come across is often quite different from the way we do, in fact, come across.  As...
    ElectricSheep ElectricSheep
    2 Responses Jan 3, 2008

    The way the internet

    and society obsesses about womens apperance, make me want to hide away in my room
    lostgirl49 lostgirl49
    22-25, F
    Dec 7, 2014

    Ugly From The Beginning

    I remember hating my face in Kindergarten. I remember thinking my best friend was so much thinner and prettier and wishing I were her. I was 6 years old. How does that even happen?Not much has changed since then. I do have days where I feel beautiful, but more often than not my...
    flotsamandjetsam flotsamandjetsam
    22-25, F
    4 Responses Sep 6, 2013

    Just shoot me now ...

    . Before hell kicks loose
    deleted deleted
    2 Responses Aug 2, 2014

    Moving Beyond What I Think I Can

    i have just gone on my first official date last week with a normal, handsome and kind young man.  That moment took 27 years for me to reach.  I always believed i was a late bloomer but i have come to terms with the fact that I didnt think I could attract a handsome man.  I...
    ekimbro08 ekimbro08
    3 Responses Jun 16, 2011

    I am getting a little too vain

    for my liking... I know that going to the gym and doing exercise is healthy but i am constantly worrying about my body/progress...
    henry1998 henry1998
    18-21, M
    2 Responses Aug 2, 2014

    Is it wrong of me to not see the things you see?

    Or is it wrong of you to see things that aren't there? Is it wrong of me to speak what I see? Or is it wrong of you to take it personally?
    missxsarcastic missxsarcastic
    16-17, F
    Feb 22, 2016

    Seeing Myself Through My Eyes.

    I've never felt ok in my skin. Since i was small right up to i think about eight grade i was constantly being bullied. People would say that i was ugly, people would say that i was stupid. And now, i can't live a day without makeup (because i feel like an ugly cow without it...
    hippiegirlxox hippiegirlxox
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Nov 28, 2012

    I am fine with my body

    but I don't like showing it, which is sometimes a problem. I don't understand how people can be so comfortable being naked in front of strangers or their friends. I'm the girl who changes in the bathroom, I just hate the thought of someone else knowing what I look like. Like why...
    Alex01812 Alex01812
    26-30, F
    Jun 27, 2015

    Since, Middle School,

    I've had self image issues. During a theology class one day, we were told to just write what we were thinking. I just wanted to share a prayer I came up with that day. Dear God, How often do I look in the mirror and see everything except for you. Amid the stress of life and the...
    gabbyil gabbyil
    18-21, F
    Dec 13, 2015

    I am not your average skinny white girl.

    I am a thicker girl and I am trying to love the way I look. I don't have the skinny waist and the tiny thighs, but the world wasn't meant for just that, and that's where I come in with being a thicker woman.
    ericaaa987 ericaaa987
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Jul 1, 2014

    No Matter What

    i do to tell myself i'm just fine the way i am, no matter how many times i finally convince myself i can be pretty it crashes back down on me. i always see girls who're so much prettier or so much more than i can ever be, and i look in the mirror and just blink. how could i let...
    KellyDearest KellyDearest
    18-21, F
    1 Response Aug 21, 2008

    I need to accept it..

    I though i won't longer make friends with some of girls who though they were perfect..I am totally tired make friends with those girls..I though they were my friends..my best friend..honestly i began doubting them all..I saw some of my friends very strict about their weight...
    myselfhere myselfhere
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Nov 24, 2015

    I guess people don't understand why,

    but I have a super analytical mind which blows. For instance, I see a body that you can tell just had a baby, but most people would assume 4 months ago not 9, I see breast that look like they have never been on a pregnant body. I'm good with my lower half honestly. I wouldn't...
    deleted deleted
    1 Response Aug 2, 2014

    I have been really self conscious

    for a long time.. Probably since before middle School. I was always the chubby kid in class and I was really short so people always had comments and jokes. As I got older I thinned out but then I went through and awkward stage which most people go through. I still to this day...
    VirgoBeauty VirgoBeauty
    22-25, F
    5 Responses Aug 30, 2015


    Nobody's posted and I'm feeling kind of open tonight so I'm going to spill. I have self image/esteem issues. Big time. There are some points in my life where I think I'm just a fat hog that is very unattractive and will never be loved for who I am and the only reason some people...
    barefootbassoonist barefootbassoonist
    22-25, F
    5 Responses Sep 23, 2007

    So i have always been a small 110,

    I have small boobs and i had a small tummy. But then i turned 18 and put on 20 lbs and it keeps adding up and its just in my stomach area, My boobs aren't getting any bigger either and i Cannot stand to look at myself in the mirror some days. Can anyone relate?
    Shiro96 Shiro96
    18-21, F
    1 Response Sep 29, 2014

    I Cant Remember When I Became Vain

     always the most beautiful people never see thier own beauty. beauty is in the eye of the beholder. even when I have had to trade on my looks -- (art figure model, commercial and art print model) I have always been shy in front of the camera. Men would say -- you are so...
    deleted deleted
    2 Responses May 8, 2009

    Truth Be Told

     i hate my physical appearance  i used to be told i was fat and ugly when i was younger.   so i didnt and still dont have that much confidence in myself. typically when people give me a compliment i laugh and ask them "why?" if they're like your a...
    Paine316 Paine316
    18-21, M
    3 Responses May 8, 2009

    I thought that I'd feel pretty

    once I got rid of this thing and I still feel ugly without it. I thought I'd feel pretty after losing weight and I didn't because I never believed I was skinny even when the bullying stopped. I thought I'd feel pretty after some guy telling me so but I only felt upset, that he...
    missxsarcastic missxsarcastic
    16-17, F
    Dec 13, 2015


    Will I ever be satisfied? Will my reflection ever make me smile?  
    CrazyHippieChick CrazyHippieChick
    3 Responses Oct 27, 2010

    Lately I have just felt really alone

    and unmotivated.Whether I'm at school or at home, I can't seem to stop feeling like there's no point. I lost most of my friends from last year and I only have a few friends this year. I know it's part of growing up is losing friends and dealing with change but I feel like it...
    chelz334 chelz334
    18-21, F
    1 Response Dec 9, 2013

    It Is Kind of Weird..

    First of all I'm always surprised when I walk past mirrors. But the reason differs. Sometimes I think "hey.. that girl ain't that ugly.. that's you?!" and on other days I think "damn are you looking bad today". It really depends, sometimes I like myself...
    deleted deleted
    3 Responses Apr 19, 2008

    I have a self image issue.

    I can spend hours in the bathroom and I just never feel good enough. I always feel like there is something wrong with me. My hair is messy, I look too thin, my make up isn't perfect, just always these nagging thoughts in my head. I always feel like everyone is looking at me so...
    Santos21 Santos21
    22-25, F
    5 Responses Jan 20, 2014


    I have self-image issues because of my parents.  Well, I often blame it on them.  They were really messed up to me when I was growing up, especially in my early teen years, and I quickly ballooned to being 100 pounds overweight.  As soon as I became an adult, I...
    celticflame celticflame
    22-25, F
    3 Responses Nov 22, 2007

    Who would like to see a picture of me with

    lighting and without? Total difference.
    coraimaal coraimaal
    22-25, F
    1 Response Apr 13, 2015

    I was in the dressing room the other day

    and I was just crying and crying because nothing fit me. Nothing. I felt so disgusting and so fat I couldn't bring my self to try anything more on. It was terrible.
    Danicakes9 Danicakes9
    18-21, F
    3 Responses Jul 1, 2014

    I try to not be as critical on myself

    but it is difficult. I now exercise and eat much healthier than I used to. I went from being told to loose weight because I was getting close to becoming obese to lean muscle. Still have to work on the mental image though.
    persononinternet persononinternet
    18-21, M
    1 Response Jan 11, 2014

    Trying To Get Better...

    im 19, 4'10, and i weigh 115 pounds. i feel like every time i look in the mirror i find something else thats wrong with me. i know people say that its whats on the inside that counts, it is but the first thing another person sees about you is whats on the outside first. ive...
    loveuforever0830 loveuforever0830
    18-21, F
    4 Responses Oct 13, 2010

    Image Issues

    I used to, not any more.  One weight off my shoulders.   I am not skinny nor thin, I know I have to lose weight but I wouldn't even go there and think that my body isn't good enough.  For now, I accept myself the way I am and later, we'll see with the weight. 
    Whateverrrrr Whateverrrrr
    36-40, F
    1 Response Feb 23, 2011

    I Used To Have An Eating Disorder

    Body image isn't that much of deal for me now, but back when I was in elementary school, it was a huge issue then. You would think that the time period would be reversed and that I would have physiological issues with becoming "chubby" or "plump" now in high school, and even...
    thequietmuse thequietmuse
    1 Response Dec 18, 2012

    I See Things

    I see a girl . I see a boy. I see a immature girl inside a older girls body. I see a sad girl. I see a ugly foolish girl. I see a tomboy who doesn't like being like a boy. I see a girl who want to wear lots and lots of dress. I see a girl who would like to dress in so much black...
    TheStray TheStray
    22-25, F
    1 Response Apr 12, 2008

    If U Should Know

    i think the way i am im not happy need to be 6 stone ASAP like i was three years ago and i was extremely happy im considered fat to me and only me people around me think im too think what the hell do they know they are just jealous arent they? im currently 96lbs which is...
    ccdo ccdo
    22-25, F
    5 Responses Nov 18, 2009

    my whole life I was told there was something

    wrong with my body. I was too skinny, then I was too fat. my mom always said if she got fat, she'd kill herself. then told me I was fat. now I am. I've been disabled from illness and I try and try to work out but some days there's just too much pain or fatigue. I've been forcing...
    crazybipolarchick crazybipolarchick
    41-45, F
    2 Responses Aug 14, 2015

    It's Quite A Contradiction

    I'm sure you've heard about girls always turning to ice cream or something when they're depressed and or on their periods. Mine's a little more complex than that. I don't like how I am physically, although my physique has been improving. Then I get depressed because I'll call...
    deleted deleted
    1 Response Dec 9, 2012

    Lopsided Everywhere

    im 16 years old and lately all i do is pick one part of my body that i hate and focus on it. throughout my life ive noticed that one nostril is slightly bigger, one breast is a tiny bit larger, one butt cheek is slightly larger, i have stretch marks from growing (im not fat), and...
    feelsoinsecure feelsoinsecure
    1 Response Aug 20, 2012

    Self Image Problem - Help!

    i grew up being told by my mom that i was fat and ugly and that i would not find a man to love me. i struggled with self-esteem issue for the longest time throughtout high school and college. now i'm in my late 20s, i've found a wonderful man who loves me for who i am, and am...
    shanesusie shanesusie
    3 Responses Jul 31, 2011


    one main thing i'm working on in therapy. when i was institutionalized i made sure to be up in time for bin checkout every morning to get my makeup. one day i noticed a crumbled card in the bottom of my bag. it said "dont let anyone tell you you're not fuckng beautiful...
    gypsysoul gypsysoul
    22-25, F
    1 Response Jul 11, 2009

    I hate being called cute.

    No one wants the guy that looks like a cub protecting them they want the bear.
    Weakfreak Weakfreak
    22-25, M
    1 Response Dec 9, 2013

    "Deciding" Can Be One Thing, Getting Happy Can Be Another

    We can always make the choice to be happy, but what happens when the first guy does something to offend your moral sensibilities? If you are human (and honest) at all you will get pissed off and bye bye "happy". Life is life but people have a habit of doing stupid things or...
    StarWanderer StarWanderer
    56-60, M
    1 Response Nov 7, 2013

    Trying to Learn... Again

    When you've been told by many people you're ugly or not good enough, it's hard to see yourself as anything else.  There are days when I look in the mirror and think I look pretty damn good, and then there are those when I look in the same mirror and want to smash it rather...
    BlasphemousAngel BlasphemousAngel
    31-35, M
    12 Responses Jun 14, 2009


    I have a long history of hating my looks.Even as far back as kindergarten, I remember pretending that I had long silky blond hair and freckles. I don't know why that was my mind's idea of "beautiful", but it was. And I looked nothing like that with my un-freckled pale skin and...
    SpiritOfTheRabbit SpiritOfTheRabbit
    36-40, F
    5 Responses Sep 10, 2013

    Not As Bad Anymore...

    But there are still lingering issues in the back of my mind... I'm learning to love myself. I'm getting there. I really like myself. But love is a strong word... I love some parts of me... But some are still in the middle...
    deleted deleted
    1 Response Mar 20, 2008

    I know I would feel a million times better

    about myself if I could shed off a few pounds. I'm not out of shape, but I have a hard time getting myself motivated to exercise. I go a few weeks eating healthy and working out then fall back into a depression where all I want to do is be alone in my room and go back to...
    Lantaaae Lantaaae
    26-30, F
    2 Responses Aug 2, 2014
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