The conclusions support the heuristic value of Schilder’s theory and highlight its versatility in bringing to light a far more holistic understanding of what the role of the body image is to psychological life. The conclusions also open up questions about the role that kinesthetic perception might play in anchoring the body image to the actual presence of our body and provide a departure point from which studies in neurology and psychoanalysis might begin to inform the study of the body image in the discipline of psychology more directly. The conclusions thus provide the basis upon which to review methodological and ontological assumptions that may be limiting the questions that psychological investigators ask about human experience in relation to the body image.
The implications of the study highlight the importance of considering the motile body in the construction of the body image and thus bring to light limitations that a paradigm focused upon bodily appearance may have had on the conceptual development of the construct and our understanding of body image disturbances. The implications also underline the place that the kinesthetic perceptual system can be thought to have in what can be referred to as the movement-thought relationship supporting the construction of the body image. They highlight also the importance that a theoretical heuristic like Schilder’s dynamic theory needs to play in supporting research, in extending our understanding of hypothetical processes like apperception or body image plasticity and conceiving the tri-dimensional nature of the body image.
Schilder’s theory describes a far more manifold experience than that identified by the more widespread, structural-functional studies on the topic, not simply because it is dynamic, but because it is an empirical heuristic through which the intrapsychic effort associated with the subjective experience of psychological continuity supplied by the body image can be imagined.
Some people struggle with their self-esteem and body image when they begin puberty because it's a time when the body goes through many changes. These changes, combined with wanting to feel accepted by our friends, means it can be tempting to compare ourselves with others. The trouble with that is, not everyone grows or develops at the same time or in the same way.
body image | Samples of Thesis Essays
Wallon, H. (1984). Kinesthesia and the visual body image in the child. In G. Voyat (Ed.), The world of Henry Wallon (pp. 115-131). New York: Jason Aronson. (Original work published 1954).