Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls

Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls Author Mary Pipher
ISBN-10 1594481881
ISBN-13 9781594481888
Year 2005-08-01
Pages 312
Language English
Publisher Riverhead Books
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1 New York Times BestsellerThe groundbreaking work that poses one of the most provocative questions of a generation what is happening to the selves of adolescent girls As a therapist Mary Pipher was becoming frustrated with the growing problems among adolescent girls Why were so many of them turning to therapy in the first place Why had these lovely and promising human beings fallen prey to depression eating disorders suicide attempts and crushingly low self esteem The answer hit a nerve with Pipher with parents and with the girls themselves Crashing and burning in a developmental Bermuda Triangle they were coming of age in a media saturated culture preoccupied with unrealistic ideals of beauty and images of dehumanized sex a culture rife with addictions and sexually transmitted diseases They were losing their resiliency and optimism in a girl poisoning culture that propagated values at odds with those necessary to survive Told in the brave fearless and honest voices of the girls themselves who are emerging from the chaos of adolescence Reviving Ophelia is a call to arms offering important tactics empathy and strength and urging a change where young hearts can flourish again and rediscover and reengage their sense of self

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