Embarrassed about your body? Take this quiz.
Ask anyone and they'll tell you they'd like to change some perceived physical flaw. But some people are more than just a little bit embarrassed about their bodies. Learn more about embarrassment while you test your knowledge with this quiz.
Question 1 of 10
If you suffer from a fear of blushing, what condition do you have?
... Erythrophobia is the fear of blushing. Some people choose to have endothoracic sympathectomy surgery, where certain nerves in the spine are snipped, to reduce blushing.
Question 2 of 10
Blushing is controlled by what system in your body?
... Blushing is governed by the sympathetic nervous system, which means that it's an involuntary response. The sympathetic nervous system is also in charge of the fight-or-flight response.
Question 3 of 10
What is body dysmorphic disorder?
... Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) is a chronic condition in which a person can't stop thinking about a real or imagined physical flaw. It can compel sufferers to undergo extensive plastic surgeries to correct perceived imperfections.
Question 4 of 10
Which of these is an example of an exposure exercise used in treatment for body dysmorphic disorder?
... All of these are potential exposure exercises for people who suffer from BDD. Patients are asked to do things that will make them feel uncomfortable in order that they might habituate to that situation.
Question 5 of 10
People with body dysmorphic disorder exhibit which of these behaviors?
... All of these behaviors are common with people who suffer from body dysmorphic disorder.
Question 6 of 10
True or false: When you think about bad things, you undergo a physical reaction.
... True. When you focus on bad things, your brain releases cortisol, which creates a physical stress reaction in the body.
Question 7 of 10
What are the most severe consequences of being embarrassed about a physical condition or perceived flaw?
... People who suffer from chronic embarrassment may withdraw completely from social situations and avoid intimate relationships altogether.
Question 8 of 10
True or false: Sweating heavily in certain situations is a sign your body is experiencing a fight-or-flight response.
... True. Some people have overactive sweat glands. But a lot of the time, if you sweat in certain situations, it's because your sympathetic nervous system -- the one that's involuntary -- has taken over and released stress hormones like cortisol and epinephrine.
Question 9 of 10
True or false: Some people yawn when they're nervous.
... True. When people are nervous, they may breathe shallowly, which can trigger a yawn. Embarrassment about yawning can exacerbate the problem.
Question 10 of 10
How common is it for people to be embarrassed about their bodies?
... Nearly everyone is self conscious about at least one physical feature.
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