Lei Xu (Lucia)

Hello, my name is Lei Xu, you can also call me Lucia. I am passionate about service design, branding and innovation, and the impact of design on everyone.

My project background is to conduct in-depth research and exploration based on the development and existing problems of BDD in Chinese society. In China, problems related to mental health are gradually popularized, and more and more people begin to pay attention to mental problems, but there are still much information related to mental diseases that are not widely recognized, and even many people do not know that they have suffered from this mental disease. This is the case of my research topic BDD.

My project is an investigation project that builds self-esteem by exploring physical activity and reward mechanisms on the application to diminish negative thoughts about appearance in the context of body dysmorphic disorder.

I am
a person who loves to observe every detail of life and ponder over social hotspots. Different social hotspots reveal different social reality, which undoubtedly are closely related to the lives of all of us. I noted that the topic “Say No To Appearance Anxiety” has been clicked by 1.18 billion people on Tik Tok, being highly engaged and widely discussed. Many bloggers compared their original photos with their retouched photos to urge people to accept their real, imperfect appearance. But many netizens commented that even those original photos posted by bloggers were much more beautiful than theirs, and this comparison may increase their appearance anxiety instead. Admittedly, most of us expect the standards of beauty to be diverse and inclusive, but reality is that we have been confined to a series of fixed "aesthetic standards".

Many of us worry, dislike, and even have a distorted view of our appearance. These common concerns are called "normative dissatisfaction," a term that reflects how common this unhappiness is. BDD addresses these normal and common appearance problems. In some ways, the concerns of BDD patients are similar to those experienced by most of us.
Grooming, looking in the mirror and dieting are things most of us do. If done in moderation, they are common and normal. But people with BDD take them to an extreme.
If a person experiences at least moderate pain (rather than no or only mild pain) due to a perceived disorder, this is consistent with the diagnosis of BDD. More severe pain-or extreme and disabling pain-is clearly a manifestation of BDD. In addition, people with BDD avoid some social situations, such as dating, school, etc., because they think they are defective, or because their daily work or school performance is moderately affected by their appearance. Due to impaired life functions, these characteristics are different from normal appearance problems.
In a series of in-depth research and exploration, I tried to help BDD people improve their perception of self-worth and accept themselves in the internal process through design.

HUG is a physical activity app designed for people with Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD). The design intention of HUG is to train users to improve their self-esteem through physical activity, during which they would learn to embrace their true selves, talk to themselves with compassion, tolerate bodily sensations and thus promote the integration of mind and body. These accomplishments would remarkably raise the awareness of self- acceptance in people with BDD, and further confirm that appearance is not the only critical criterion and all of them are unconditio nally loved by a higher and transcendental presence regardless of those perceived defects.