The following article was written by my colleague, Ingrid Peschke, Committee on Publication for the state of Massachusetts who writes regularly on issues and trends in healthcare. This article appeared on March 12, 2014 in the Huff Post Women section. Since this is such a universal theme, I wanted to include not only my readers in Georgia, but readers everywhere. Enjoy this excerpt and click the link below to read the full article.
Beauty can at once empower or defeat a woman. But when considered for its deeper, spiritual meaning, it has a lasting, blessing influence.
The Dove Real Beauty sketches that went viral this year paint an eye-opening portrait of women and how critically they often view themselves. Surprisingly, only 4% of women in the world consider themselves beautiful, according to Dove’s research. And with a culture that connects beauty with self-confidence, society has its work to do to undo historically narrow definitions of beauty.
One woman who took part in the Dove sketches acknowledged that a woman’s self-confidence “ . . . is tied to the friends we make, the jobs we apply for, how we treat our children–it affects everything and it has everything to do with our happiness,” she said. And that includes a woman’s physical and mental health– from body image issues, to eating disorders and obsessive behaviors.
The Dove experiment revealed that others have a far more compassionate and realistic view of us than we do of ourselves. The take-away? “You are more beautiful than you think.” Perhaps turning off the inner-critic is what’s needed most.