Intellectually, we understand aging. So why does the first wrinkle or
gray hair send us into an emotional tailspin? As smart women who were
raised to believe that success and happiness are based on intelligence
and accomplishments, many of us never expected to feel this deeply
about a seemingly superficial issue. But let's face it, we do!
While individually we were taught that beauty is only skin deep, our
youth-obsessed culture reinforces the notion that beauty is our
currency, our power, and what makes us female. These conflicting
messages leave many women feeling trapped in a web of confusion. Do we
grow old naturally, since our looks don't define us, or do we fight the
signs of aging, since beauty and youth are prized so dearly?
Whether we focused on our looks or barely noticed them, our changing
appearances strike at the core of who we are. Face It is a
psychological guide that provides a path out of this surprisingly
difficult predicament. It helps us strike a healthy balance between
letting our looks matter and accepting that they change -- between
holding on and moving on.
As models turned psychotherapists, Vivian Diller, Ph.D., and
Jill Muir-Sukenick, Ph.D., have had the opportunity to examine the
world of beauty from two very different vantage points -- one where
looks are all-important, and the other where they are often viewed as
irrelevant. This unique perspective helped them develop a six-step
program that starts with recognizing "uh-oh" moments, examines the
emotional impact of aging on self-image, and ends by suggesting
innovative ways to approach beauty throughout life, so you can enjoy
your appearance -- at any age!
pub date: 2010-02-15 | hardcover | 9781401925406