Disfigurement and dating
Using positive body language and having a set of responses ready to use if people stare at you can be helpful. Carrying yourself with confidence can help you feel more comfortable and encourage positive interactions with others.
Examples of confident body language: If people ask you about your appearance, they aren't necessarily being hostile.
’ Val, who suffered severe burns to 85% of her body told viewers who a complete stranger asked her: ‘I guess you wish you were dead? She recalled: ‘I remember being in a pub once and a man came up to me and asked me “what’s wrong with you?
Disability activist Carly Findlay was joined by Kiara Higgins, Dean Clifford, Elly from Adelaide, Bradley Dowling, Belinda Downes and Val from Perth, who all suffer with a range of conditions which means their appearances don’t necessarily fit societal norms.
The guests, who appeared on ABC’s You Can’t Ask That, and revealed truly shocking comments made about the way they look – usually by strangers.
Because it's a genetic disorder that just deals with the symptoms, which return. They're not even sure that it's a genetic disorder. How far do I go adapting my life plans to this new situation?
Learning how to be confident and handle people's reactions can help people with disfigurements get more out of social interactions.
The end was a rational smart choice, so when we parted ways it wasn't because how we felt for each other had in any way waned.