"The experience of being capable of meeting life's challenges and being worthy of happiness. People who have healthy or authentic self-esteem trust their own being to be life-affirming, constructive, responsible, and trustworthy." – Definition of "Self Esteem"
Real Girls, Real Pressure: A National Report on the State of Self-Esteem, commissioned by the Dove® Self-Esteem Fund, reveals that there is a self-esteem crisis in this country that pervades every aspect of a girl’s life including her looks, performance in school and relationships with friends and family members
(MV) This doesn't change as we move into adulthood- it gets worse. Check out the poll on the right of this blog…self-hate is prevalent. Once we are stuck – we are in deep.
7 out of 10 girls believe they are not good enough or do not measure up in some way, including their looks, performance in school and relationships with friends and family members.
(MV) Hmmm…this sounds oddly familiar since the vast majority of this community voices the same feelings. But wait- the majority of us are not teenagers anymore….
71% of girls with low self-esteem feel their appearance does not measure up, including not feeling pretty enough, thin enough or stylish or trendy enough (compared to 29% of girls with high self-esteem)
(MV) Shocking! Could this be because fashion magazines jam in our faces impossibly thin women with pore-less skin, and digitally enhanced body parts? Naaa.
FUN FACT: It takes just little minutes reading a fashion magazine for you to start feeling like shit about yourself, according to Dr. Susie Orbach.
25% of teen girls with low self-esteem practice disordered eating, such as starving themselves, refusing to eat, or over-eating and throwing up when feeling badly about themselves
(MV) or most commonly cause an obsession with taking images of their bony backs in the bathroom mirror to share with their pro ana friends on the web.
Girls with low self-esteem are less likely to receive praise from either parent and more likely to receive criticism than girls with high self-esteem
(MV) Translation: We give birth to these miraculous beings, and then tell them they suck. Hey, it's discipline.
57% of all girls have a mother who criticizes her own looks.
(MV) So moms, when you are at the Thanksgiving Feast telling Aunt Betty that you ate too much pumpkin pie and you feel like a fat ass…your daughter is pinching her belly fat under the table.
So here's the question guys and gals – is this a "self esteem crisis"…or just the way it has always been?