The concept of altered perception in "body dysmorphic disorder": The subtle border between the abuse of selfies in social networks and cosmetic surgery, between socially accepted dysfunctionality and the pathological condition

Perrotta Giulio
2020 Journal of Neurology, Neurological Science and Disorders  
Citation: Perrotta G (2020) The concept of altered perception in "body dysmorphic disorder": The subtle border between the abuse of selfies in social networks and cosmetic surgery, between socially accepted dysfunctionality and the pathological condition. J Neurol Neurol Sci Disord 6(1): 001-007. The general concept of impaired perception [1] Perception is the psychic process that synthesizes, in forms with meaning, the innumerable sensory data that reach the brain from the environment around
more » ... , according to processes of synthesis, selection, integration and evaluation. When it does not happen correctly, we will therefore speak of "impaired perception", that is, an alteration of the ability to acquire (through the fi ve senses) the sensory data or correctly transform it into perceptual data. Therefore, if sensation is the product of stimulation and receptor reactivity through the fi ve senses (sight, hearing, smell, touch, taste), we will speak of perception in the presence of the elaboration of the elementary sensation that has reached the sense organ. Thanks to the studies of Weber (on the differential threshold or threshold of relevance of the perceived stimulus) and Fechner (on the sensation, directly proportional to the logarithm of the intensity of the stimulus), we came to say that: The thesis that supported "sensation = perception" (socalled naive realism) is incorrect, while the hypothesis that Abstract The present work focuses on the general concept of impaired perception in body dismorphic disorder, to then extend the clinical refl ections also on some social phenomena of the last generations such as the massive use of cosmetic surgery practices and the selfi e trend (or "selfi tis"), shifting the centrality of the discourse on the subtle boundary between the dysfunctionality of socially accepted behavior and the well-known pathological diagnosis. Review Article The concept of altered perception in "body dysmorphic disorder": The subtle border between the abuse of selfi es in social networks and cosmetic surgery, between socially accepted dysfunctionality and the pathological condition Giulio Perrotta* Psychologist sp.ing in psychotherapy with a strategic approach, Forensic Criminologist expert in sectarian cults, esoteric and security profi les, Jurist sp.ed SSPL, International Essayist, Italy
doi:10.17352/jnnsd.000036 fatcat:yykor2vxbfa4fkaognyclczore