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Body Dysmorphic Disorder and Muscle Dysmorphia: Disorders created by Society
Manpreet Athwal (author)
One of the several ways that disorders are defined is by a certain society’s expectations and norms; this is where sociology and psychology come together. Often, it seems that when cultural norms are not followed or if behaviours seem “abnormal” according to a society’s expectations, the behaviours seem to be viewed as disorder-like. Body dysmorphic disorder (that is more common in females) and muscle dysmorphia (that is more common in males) are two disorders that reflect abnormal displays of behaviours – behaviours that seem odd to our North American culture and customs, and that interfere with everyday functioning. Comparing the two disorders in their psychological and social contexts will highlight the intersection of sociology and psychology. This is especially the case since youth seem to be preoccupied with their appearance that are partly influenced by societal and personal beliefs.
Social and Behavioral Sciences