In ‘Just be Yourself’ the author explains that you never know what the future holds, that it’s okay to be an outsider, and finding out who you really are. Stephanie Pellegrin tells herself to not be so insecure and that by spending so much time trying to find herself she’s slowly losing herself. She is saying that she needs to stop caring so much about others opinions because that’s distracting her from finding out who she really is. I am also like this and thankful I’m less like that than last year. I sometimes get so caught up in trying to fit in that it’s hard to find myself after I realize how insecure I am.
The media portrays these unrealistic standards to men and women of how women should look, which suggests that their natural face is not good enough. Unrealistic standards for beauty created by the media is detrimental to girls’ self-esteem because it makes women feel constant external pressure to achieve the “ideal look”, which indicates that their natural appearance is inadequate. There has been an increasing number of women that are dissatisfied with themselves due to constant external pressure to look perfect. YWCA’s “Beauty at Any Cost” discusses this in their article saying that, “The pressure to achieve unrealistic physical beauty is an undercurrent in the lives of virtually all women in the United States, and its steady drumbeat is wreaking havoc on women in ways that far exceed the bounds of their physical selves” (YWCA). Being surrounded by society’s definitions of beauty has definitely taken a toll on American women’s confidence.
It may also lead to jealousy of one another or hatred from someone else, because they think of someone being “better than others.” For example, “…I worry these girls are just doing it because they are being ordered to do so…”, Nancy Irwain (Toddlers in Tiara, 493). Nancy is just stating what she thinks, this is the perfect example of stereotyping someone. Unfortunately, she is stereotyping little girls that play a role in pageants. Maybe the children actually enjoy doing the pageants and the parents do it because of that. That is the perfect way to explain how stereotyping works.
For example, in the first few paragraphs, we get a hint of how Connie’s mother is constantly nagging and complaining about how vain she is and how she is nothing like her sister. Speaking from a logical standpoint we can say that this negative backlash from her mother is upsetting to her, as it should be for any normal human being. Since she is receiving such negative attention in her home she goes out to seek “positive” attention. Her mother’s continuous praising of how great Connie’s sister June is, and how much better she is than her can be draining and irritating. Connie could just be going out to get the praise and attention that she needs or “deserves”.
Mrs. Dubose is alone, all she has is her caretaker and her flowers it doesn't help that she is struggling with addiction. Mrs.Dubose is fighting addiction and trying to destroy the monster controlling it but she gets irritable when she doesn't have her drug and that is partially why she is the way she is. This chapter reveals that that Mrs.Dubose is rude and stuck-up. She may be old and lonley but the root of her problems are because of her addiction. Chapter 11 shows that drugs can affect people in many ways even a sweet old lady from making them have mood swings or just by making them not act like themselfs.
The Penelopiad shows how the maids are living terrible lives, even though they don’t deserve to be. It shows how they dream of being treated with respect and dignity, but then compares it to the horrible reality they live in. The maids accept their fate as simple slave girls, and cannot do anything to change it. This makes the audience feel sympathy for them. The Penelopiad portrays the maids differently than in The Odyssey.
This is shown in their condescending comments and derogatory terms; if you excise these comments and offensive names, the “guardian” is actually giving great life advice. If a person gets too hung up on the way something was said rather than the words said, the speaker will have wasted their breath; however it is their responsibility to know what tone to use. This story overall gives me a sense of hope because the “Guardian”, even if they might be going about it the wrong way, is giving tough love and great advice in hopes that the young girl will have an easier life by applying these words of
To an extent even Moira becomes demoralized after being captured and forced to be a prostitute, which highlights that Gilead is able to transform and crush the spirits of even those who outwardly rebel. Aunt Lydia tells the handmaids to accept their new duty even though it “may not seem ordinary to [them] now,” because “after time it will. It will become ordinary.” Aunt Lydia’s assurance of them only transiently feeling out of place is just one way that Gilead tries to alter the handmaid's mindset
Golden girl talks about how hard life their life of highschool is and her ruining her friendship. The whole story is her lying and being mean to her best friend. Sympathy is something that should be earned Body 1: She should earn sympathy rather than not. She should need to go out and apologize in a meaningful way. People who decide that they are everything or want to be everything don't really deserve sympathy people should be righteous and friendly to each other and especially if you’re friends don't go
Her big nose and fat legs show us the physical flaws of the girls and hides the inner beauty she possesses. Although she is smart, healthy, and skilled, she is only worried about what others think of her physical appearance. She spends her life trying to impress others around her and sacrifices her happiness in doing so. She loses who she is and becomes what others believe she should be. Through all of this we can learn that if we love who we are then there’s no one that can take that away from us.
Speaking about self-esteem, the self-affirmation narrative is a good way to help rebuild your self esteem by yourself. Maintaining your self-image is a good way to keep yourself motivated to continue to put effort,but if this image gets destroyed then it makes it much harder to keep yourself motivated because you will have the thought that you can’t do it. The self-affirmation narrative helps rebuild the way you perceive yourself to be good and competent which is the ideal self-image you should have. Having a good self-image can help me build the confidence and have faith in myself to behave without restrictions and limits without worrying about
After being constantly oppressed for wanting and desiring irrational things as a woman, the last marriage with Tea Cake really brings out how conformity does save one harsh words from others, but it is only by going against the rules that one can be who they are and attain
Using positive reinforcement which is giving something a person likes to increase the desired behavior, I can encourage her to continue with this behavior. When I would see her happy for me I would firstly say “Thank you”, and it would make me feel like giving her something such as a sticker, toy, or a big hug! This would make her feel happier, and using this form of operant conditioning will shape her into a better person because she would most definitely want to continue with this behavior not just with me but with others also. I can also encourage Hoda using negative reinforcement. Negative reinforcement is taking away something you do not like to increase the specific (or desired) behavior, to do this I would feel happy for her whenever she receives something even though she doesn’t like it.