I was wasting a small amount of time today, and was curious to find out more of the story of Jocelyne Wildenstein, the New York socialite whose strange cosmetic surgery to transform herself into a "wild cat" has made her look more like a monster to most other people. It turns out that Jocelyne's story is indeed very sad, and not as hard to understand as it might otherwise seem. She was simply trying to reattract the attention of her husband whom she dearly loved, as she grew older and believed that he was "straying" from the marriage.
During the course of that, I saw people mentioning a woman who had injected cooking oil into her own face. What??? I had never heard of such a thing. (bad picture warning). Here is a picture of what this poor lady did to herself.
Hang Miouku is a 48 year old Korean lady who moved to Japan in search of more and better cosmetic procedures. First, a doctor gave her a needle and some silicone to inject her own face at home. Then, when she ran out of silicone, she began to use cooking oil -- with disastrous results. I am surprised that she didn't come down with some type of horrible infection, and perhaps she has, and that is a cause of some of the horrible swelling and disfigurement. Hang was once a beautiful young woman, and surely would have aged normally and been an attractive 48 year old. She is actually tiny and slender, and the large facial features are exclusively a result of the oil injection and swelling. After she returned home to Korea, her own parents did not recognize her, and neighborhood children called her a "standing fan" due to the large size of her face compared to her small body. The Telegraph UK has probably the best story about this situation.
Most strange of all, Hang did not even seem to notice the disfigurement, and continued to inject the oil doing more and more damage. This is a unique form of BDD or Body Dysmorphic Disorder. In Hang's case, trying to fix the imaginary flaws in her face by whatever means, caused a much more horrible result than any natural aging process. This disorder could be caused by "organic" means - i.e. a physical, chemical, or brain-structural cause that leads the sufferer to "see" things that simply are not there, or to overemphasize tiny flaws such as a small spot or tiny mole, into huge deformities. Several of Dr. Oliver Sacks' books are excellent resources on how the brain impacts our perception, and in fact, every facet of our lives. To me, there is little question that such behavior as Hang's is rooted in an organic brain disorder. No one would voluntarily choose to do this with normal perception. She was deceived by a brain that "fooled" her and caused to to disfigure herself for life.
And as the opposite of someone with Aspergers, I know of which I speak.