Adonis complex in men the same as anorexia and bulimia in women. Obsession with physical appearance. Occasionally you may meet one such ideal individual (man) next to whom a typical man might feel bad and low self-esteem. Men today are exposed to impossible images of male perfection in photography and television including action heroes (e.g. Action Man, G.I. Joe and the like) just like women which has led to various eating disorders. Negative perception of one’s own body is a major factor in the development of anorexia. It can equally affect men obsessed with bodybuilding. Men want to get bigger and stronger while because the media sends them an image of beauty through size and muscularity. Over time, men seem to have become significantly more sensitive in terms of their physical appearance and do not hesitate to correct the body by going for various types of surgeries.
Men who pay excessive attention to their appearance and feel insufficiently muscular may suffer from a disorder of their own body reflection. They typically worry that they look weak even though observers see them as strong and trained. Such men are constantly lifting weights convinced that they need to sculpt their body more, reduce fat and increase muscle mass. They see themselves too thin and weak as anorexic people who see themselves as fat in relation to reality. Unfortunately, many men then start using various means and dietary supplements. No matter how much physical size they achieve due to the psychological trap of the Adonis complex, they will never be satisfied. They will further look for ways to achieve perfection in appearance and appearance.
The term Adonis complex is not a medical term. This term is used to describe various forms of body concerns or dysformia that have plagued boys and men especially in the last decade. The term does not describe an individual problem but all distortions together (including compulsive weight lifting, exercise, steroid abuse, eating disorders, and body dysmorphic disorder). The term is taken from Greek mythology depicting Adonis. Adonis is considered the ideal of male beauty half man, half god. Adonis’ body was representative of the ultimate physique of a man. Adonis’ body was so beautiful (according to mythology) that he gained the love of the goddess of female beauty and the love of Aphrodite. Aphrodite descended from Mount Olympus among mortals to enjoy Adonis’ love.
Problems with the male body image range from minor disturbances and sometimes to serious disorders. Problems can seem like unbearable dissatisfaction with the body at one end of the spectrum to extreme psychiatric disorders at the other end of the spectrum.
Numerous factors have contributed to the increase in the occurrence of the Adonis complex, which includes the occurrence of steroids. Some of the male models from the covers of world-famous magazines, for example, use various means to help them look better and reach perfection. Steroids have given a distorted and chemically induced picture of what the male body should look like. The use of steroids is widespread despite numerous prohibitions and serious health risks.
The most extreme form of the Adonis complex is a body dysmorphic disorder equally present in women and men. People with this disorder are completely obsessed with their physical appearance. They are often focused on one aspect of the body. Hair is at the top of the list of obsessions in men. Other major problems include muscle mass, body fat, breast size and more. Men with this disorder often look in the mirror, train compulsively or avoid situations that require taking off the shirt in public. time to adjust the hairstyle in front of the mirror. Psychological explanation of the cause of this problem leads to low self-esteem and manner because a person is assessed only by his external appearance in public. Such individuals have a need for perfection and an unattainable ideal. Focusing on physical appearance, they notice the slightest imperfection or defect. Most men who suffer from a physical dysmorphic disorder are aware of their condition but feel powerless to do anything. These are extreme examples. However, it should be noted that many more men suffer from milder versions of the Adonis complex. Psychotherapy is often recommended for resolution (cognitive-behavioral is best because it is aimed at changing specific behavior). In some cases, psychotherapy is combined with medication (antidepressants).
For every insecure man, additional information follows: studies have shown that although men think women like super muscular male bodies, the reality is different. Most women find muscular bodies unattractive to the point of repulsion. In fact, most women would rather choose a man of average stature because a man’s masculinity is not defined solely by physical appearance but by character, kindness, nice manners, and many other beautiful qualities.