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You Might Know Our Beauty Standards Are Unrealistic, But You Might Be Affected Anyway. Here's Why.

Dr. Engeln says the way many women perceive themselves is not a failure of having information or being able to process it. In other words, plenty of smart, rational women know that the images they see aren't realistic, but it still affects them negatively. And before we start talking about how men deal with it too, please listen to her facts beginning at 3:50. She explains what beauty sickness is and why it happens beginning at 7:03. Stick around for the last three minutes to see what you can do. "Wanting to be beautiful is not the problem. The problem is when it's all our young girls and women want to be."

You Might Know Our Beauty Standards Are Unrealistic, But You Might Be Affected Anyway. Here's Why.
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Usually the greatest fear after a wild night of partying isn't what you said that you might regret, but how you'll look in your friends' tagged photos. Although you left the house looking like a 10, those awkward group selfies make you feel more like a 5, prompting you to wonder, "Why do I look different in pictures?"

It's a weird phenomenon that, thanks to selfies, is making people question their own mirrors. Are pictures the "real" you or is it your reflection? Have mirrors been lying to us this whole time??

The answer to that is a bit tricky. The good news is that there's a big chance that Quasimodo-looking creature that stares back at you in your selfies isn't an accurate depiction of the real you. But your mirror isn't completely truthful either.

Below, a scientific breakdown that might explain those embarrassing tagged photos of you:

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