I used to think it was a weakness, caring about one’s physical appearance, interpreting the way others looked as an internalized pressure on our selves to look “better”. However, now I don’t think of it that way. The definition of self consciousness is to be self aware, and insecurity well you know means to not be secure in oneself. It’s natural to be self conscious or insecure on one’s appearance or looks or weight or hair or skin color, and sure we care, but this is something that cannot be shaken all of the time.

The degrees in which this affects (effects?) us depends on the individual,
and there is no shame in that.