At a time when the cult of the image becomes more and more evident, it is unfortunately easy for us to get used to the inappropriate behavioral reactions of friends, acquaintances, etc. This worship involves, in part, associate our self-esteem with our physical imageAnd since that doesn’t always correspond to the ideal tax gap for beauty, we can assume that that self-esteem can be easily compromised.
Among the reactions to which we refer we can find a considerable financial expenditure on clothing, cosmetics or aesthetics in general, that our mood becomes dependent on the approval of others, or even while establishing toxic emotional relationships. But these behaviors far from pristine sanity can end up leading to serious pathologies, such as anorexia, bulimia, or vigor.
Vigor is a mental disorder characterized by exercising excessively demanding physical activity, Sometimes associated with the consumption of vitamins or anabolic supplements and a distorted image of the body itself.
This distortion is usually aimed at perceiving the body itself thinner or weaker than the real one (as opposed to the typical case of anorexia, where the patient perceives a heavier weight than the real one), and usually involves eternal dissatisfaction with regard to one’s own body, the more the immediate consequence that behaviors unsuitable for physical exercise tend to maintain indefinitely, as well as feelings of dissatisfaction with one’s own body.
In addition, vigor can leave physical and psychological consequences, in the form of growth disorders, inability to re-develop a healthy sport …
These behaviors are essentially the same as any athlete, only taken to the extreme, and we all know people who we think spend a lot of hours in the gym, so how do we differentiate ourselves the vigor of a simple demanding training?
How to distinguish it from the sporting requirement?
Like any disorder, the vigor will be the same with regard to the associated behaviors. a significant deterioration in the athlete’s life. If you spend less time on your obligations (academic or professional) than you devote to training, if you impair the quality of your social relationships, your hours of sleep, or if your health is affected, by inappropriate training (due to of their weight, age, physical condition, etc.) or substance use.
Due to the great social pressure that exists and the reinforcements associated with the practice of sport, Stamina is a disorder that involves an addictive component, so most of the time the athlete will not be aware of having a problem or will not feel that it is worth living with it. problem while achieving its inappropriate goals.
This is why we must be very attentive to the manifestation of the first symptoms of the disorderBefore this becomes established and goes further and further, as in any intervention at the psychological level, it is vitally important to motivate the patient to solve the corresponding problem.
People don’t change if they don’t want to. And when he wishes, we give a job or systematic training in different techniques from psychology, which in this case would be, above all, oriented towards, on the one hand, correcting distorted vision of one’s own body through techniques linked to cognitive restructuring, that is to say “dismantling” these irrational beliefs which keep the behaviors to be modified. “I’m a bastard” must give way to “But X kg”, I have “x muscle mass or body fat index”, “I am above average”, and so on.
On another side, change the pattern of inappropriate behavior by setting short-term goals, by seeking to maintain motivation for change (“I managed to train less, I can do it”) and by managing the contingencies between these behaviors and their consequences, whether reinforcements (those which facilitate the associated behaviors) to be repeated in the future) or punishments (those which lower these probabilities).
But the most important thing is to be able to generate critical thinking, which protects us from media bombardment in a limited way of understanding beauty because it is, never better said, on the inside.