Why Women Have to Care About Their Looks ?

Nowadays, Women are under too much pressure to look like the images of Perfect Women the media bombards them with every day.

I don’t agree with the philosophy that I should love what I see in the mirror especially when I am a bit on the heavy side (dry skin, dark circle, uneven skin tone .. etc)

Marcia Reynolds, Psy.D. says :

I think every woman should care about how she looks if she wants to realize a comfortable level of success and self-sufficiency. Quite a bit of research has tried to determine how many seconds it takes before a person forms a judgment of someone they meet. Their brains calculate your value in terms of age, social standing and how approachable you are within thirty seconds or less.

Princeton psychologists Janine Willis and Alexander Todorov says :

First impressions are formed in less than a tenth of a second.

I’m Not advocating for plastic surgery and extreme diets. I Do advocate for presenting an attractive, updated, professional image that represents how you want the world to judge you.

Developing your speaking and writing skills, the visual impact you have is part of your brand.

Marcia Reynolds, Psy.D. says :

Does this mean we are enslaved by ludicrous beauty standards? No matter how shallow and unfair it is, attractiveness factors into most parts of our lives, including hiring and promotion decisions.

Newsweek columnist Jessica Bennett says :

“In this economy, looking good isn’t just vanity, its economic survival.”

Making an effort to look good because we know it helps us out professionally and maintaining that look shouldn’t necessarily be shunned, nor should we be plagued by personal guilt.

Anyways, I don’t think you should alter your appearance so your friends don’t recognize you; Or you should put yourself in financial or physical jeapardy to stay looking young.

Guidance (Brief)

  • Keeping your face out of the Sun.

  • Drinking water.

  • Reducing stress through Yoga and Exercise.

  • Eating more Fresh Foods.

  • Spending at least five minutes a day noticing what you are grateful.

  • Making sure you have at least one good belly laugh before you go to sleep.

Face it, when you look good on the OUTSIDE, you feel good on the INSIDE. Should it be the other way around? It can be. Your EMOTIONS affect your appearance and attractiveness. Your CONFIDENCE plays into your ability to influence others.

It’s Not an “either or” question. You have to work both on staying attractive Inside and Outside.

I’ll say :

We live and work in a world where people judge your value in seconds or less. At best, let’s quit judging each other for what we feel we need to do to get ahead. Better we respect each other for who we are and how we each choose to cope with the realities we face. Then maybe someday, these standards and judgments will change..  =)

Source : Marcia Reynolds, Psy.D.,  the author of Wander Woman

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Posted on July 25, 2011, in Random Thoughts. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I agree wholeheartedly. And that’s not a shallow attitude, either. If we take care of our looks, it gives us more confidence , and nobody can tell me otherwise.

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