Beauty Sick: How the Cultural Obsession with Appearance by Renee Engeln PhD

By Renee Engeln PhD

An award-winning Northwestern collage psychology professor finds how the cultural obsession with women's appearance is an outbreak that harms women's skill to get forward and to stay chuffed, significant lives, during this robust, eye-opening paintings within the vein of Naomi Wolf, Peggy Orenstein, and Sheryl Sandberg.

Today’s younger women face a bewildering set of contradictions by way of attractiveness. They don’t are looking to be Barbie dolls yet, like generations of girls earlier than them, are told they needs to seem like them. They’re indignant in regards to the media’s therapy of girls yet hungrily devour the very retailers that belittle them. They mock smooth culture’s absurd attractiveness excellent and make video clips exposing Photoshopping tips, but feel pressured to emulate an identical pictures they criticize via posing with a "skinny arm." They remember the fact that what they see isn’t actual yet nonetheless obtain apps to airbrush their selfies. but those related younger ladies are fierce warring parties for the problems they care approximately. they're able to struggle again opposed to their beauty-sick tradition and create a unique international for themselves, yet they want a manner forward.

In Beauty Sick, Dr. Renee Engeln, whose TEDx speak on good looks illness has bought greater than 250,000 perspectives, unearths the surprising outcomes of our obsession with girls’ visual appeal on their emotional and actual future health and their wallets and goals, together with melancholy, consuming problems, disruptions in cognitive processing, and misplaced time and money. Combining clinical experiences with the voices of genuine ladies of every age, she makes transparent that to really satisfy their power, we needs to separate from from cultural forces that feed destructive wants, attitudes, and words—from fat-shaming to denigrating observation approximately different ladies. She presents proposal and viable suggestions to help girls and women overcome unfavourable attitudes and include their complete selves, to remodel their lives, declare the futures they deserve, and, eventually, switch their world.

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