New research proves that one Sir David Attenborough can give your ego a boost
Read the following in your best Sir David voice: “Here we have a prime example of a human male, located just south of a mirror. He stands, tall and strong, displaying the results of his efforts in a nearby gymnasium…” But this male can’t see any results – only his flaws.
One in 10 men who train in UK gyms now suffers from body dysmorphia, and far more have low self-esteem associated with their physical appearance. It’s a growing problem, but psychologists have found a surprising solution. In a recent study*, subjects were asked to complete a survey about their own appearance. They were then exposed to a series of images: half saw pictures of the natural world, while the other half viewed urban scenes. Then, they repeated the survey. Members of the nature group were more satisfied with their body the second time round, while the city group showed no uplift.
The researchers concluded that images of nature – especially when they’re narrated by Attenborough, we imagine – can be a salve for this modern malaise, brought on in part by the pressures of social media and the culture of training purely for aesthetics. So, rewatch an old episode of Planet Earth and feel your self-esteem take a big step up the evolutionary ladder.
RISE ABOVE LOW SELF-ESTEEM WITH A NATURAL HIGH