When a person with a physical irregularity is observed in public their disfigurement takes the spotlight. It gets more attention than any other aspect of their presentation, including their outstanding features. The abnormality captures everyone’s awareness. Its precedence encourages social distancing, and, usually, keeps people at arm’s length.
Looking different all-too-often invites the bias and incorrect assumptions of those who have never had to live with the effects of highly visible scarring. When a person’s disfigurement takes central stage it is hard and nearly impossible for observers to view the person with the scarring in the correct perspective. Physical differences interfere with all other qualities such as the individual’s personality as well as other significant aspects of their presence such as their voice, body language or specific manner of gesturing.
Living and working with disparities attached to one’s image can exhaust a person’s energy since every action that exposes one to others involves some element of socialization. Associating with people always subjects one to the risk of possible rejection. The impact of a visible imperfection increases the probability of this dynamic occuring by tenfold. As one might assume, under such conditions, being in public can cause feelings of extreme anxiousness, even panic at times. Yet, these emotions can all be addressed by thinking strategically about costuming.
Clothing and other aesthetically visual deterrents can offer a sensible means with which to lesson this possibility from happening. Imagine, if there was enough information on the topic available to persons with disfigurements who could readily benefit from it. Since all relationships are an important part of the human experience and can have a major impact on determining one’s level of self-assurance, a proper presentation in this instance could give a whole new dimmension to the social tone of an occasion and help support a wide spectrum of positive interactions. A greater sense of social security certainly is worthy of further exploration on the part of all of us who wish to take part in aesthetic healing modalities.