Tuesday, March 23, 2010


Face It: What Women Really Feel as Their Looks ChangeDo you ever get up in the morning and take a real good look at yourself? Let’s face it: everyone’s getting older. But millions of women, raised to believe that success and happiness are based on their intelligence and accomplishments, face an unexpected challenge: the physical realities of aging. If looks are not supposed to matter, why do so many women panic as their appearance changes?

Their dilemma stems from two opposing societal views of beauty which lead to two different approaches to aging. Should women simply grow old naturally since their looks don’t define them, or should they fight the signs of aging since beauty and youth are their currency and power? This Beauty Paradox leaves many women feeling stuck.

Face It: What Women Really Feel as Their Looks Change by Vivian Diller Ph.D. and Jill Muir- Sukenick Ph.D. is a psychological guide to help women deal with the emotions brought on by their changing appearances. As a model turned psychotherapist, Diller has had the opportunity to examine the world of beauty from two very different vantage points. This unique perspective helped her develop a six-step program that begins with recognizing “uh-oh” moments that reveal the reality of changing looks, and goes on to identify the masks used to cover deeper issues and define the role beauty plays in a woman’s life, and ends with bidding adieu to old definitions of beauty, so women can enjoy their appearance—at any age!

My Thoughts-
I have never been obsessed with my face, but I know many women who would benefit from reading this book. In my profession (RN), I work with a lot of women. Some would not leave their house without their make up on and some do not wear any at all. The book is great for women of all ages. The book provides real life examples of women who struggle with their looks daily. The book discusses six steps that can help you overcome your fears about your looks with the least amount of stress. The book was well written and at the end of the book the authors listed 12 tips for the modern woman that reinforces the six steps.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book from FSB Associates for my honest review and I was not compensated in any way for my review.


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