Why Thinking You're Ugly Is Bad For You

 “My mom is 3 sizes smaller than me.  If she thinks she’s fat, what does she think about me?”

A teenage girl said these words in one of my groups recently.  Our struggle with self-image is one of the great tragedies of this decade—actually, of the past several.  But it’s only getting worse.  Social media is a breeding ground for low self-esteem.  Kids are online and “on” continually.  Their faces are posted on apps and website and transmitted via facetime, skype, and swipe.  As David talks about in our Intentional Parenting seminar, the “imaginary audience” coined to describe what adolescents feel is no longer imaginary.  It’s a reality.  And it’s all blending together to the detriment of their—and our self-esteems. Continue Reading...

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