Critical Thinking

The the things we won’t say, the secrets

 

      The brain functions within the Central
Nervous System regulating most of the body and mind’s functions. This includes
superior functions like thinking, remembering, reasoning, or talking. Words,
the dictionary defines a word as a single distinct meaningful element of speech
or writing, used with others (or sometimes alone) to form a sentence. In a
study conducted by Dr. Matthias Mehl, an Associate Professor in the Department
of Psychology, it was concluded that the average person speaks about 20,000
words a day. Words are such a simple concept, yet so powerful. They are a validation
to the world of how we view others, our lives and ourselves. It is this
powerful declaration that our words provide, which enables our thoughts to
manifest into an actuality. So why do we choose to abuse our most powerful
asset?

 

        Today in the U.S. there are 40 million
people who suffer from some form of an eating disorder, forty-percent of them
are women. Ninety-percent of fifteen to seventeen-year old’s desire to change
at least one aspect of their bodies. These are the things we won’t say, the
secrets we keep, so this day I believe if self-doubt was a religion it would be
the only thing we believed in. But it’s not our fault… personal
relationships, and the media are the most common contributors to body
negativity. We…we’re insecure by default the world’s biggest joke is that
we’re all born equal, but

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it doesn’t take a genius
to see our suffering from self-hatred, isn’t it amazing how the people we like
find us fit for friendship but out of shape for dating

So, the phrase being
pretty hurts is an overstatement because being ugly kills

  Body shaming is one of the biggest problems
in today’s generation. Society doesn’t just find humor in degrading a woman’s
body; they also find humor in degrading a man’s body. Body shaming has become a
problem for both genders. People take their insecurities and aim them at other
people to make themselves feel better about their body. Body shaming, while
common in both genders, is especially harmful to women.

 

Nobody chooses the body
they have. Everyone is born into that body without a choice. If someone is
healthy, it should not matter what they look like to anyone, but themselves. We
should not be body shaming. We should be encouraging, supporting, and uplifting
each other. Until everyone realizes that, body shaming will continue to be a problem.
Body shaming will continue to be destructive until it is acknowledged, and the
issue is confronted. There is no such thing as a “perfect body”. People shouldn’t
have to apologize for being too fat or being too thin.  It’s ironic it still seems to be socially
acceptable to exploit body size, while equally controversial topics such as
sexual preference and race are off limits. Besides, the theory of downward
social comparison suggests that we can make ourselves feel better by comparing
ourselves to someone of lower status. Also, it is irrefutable that body-shaming
manifests in various ways, which often lead to the comparison, shame and
perpetuates the idea of imperfect physical features.

 

 

 

Ask yourself…. ask
yourself how it feels to have looks that aren’t in fashion or how sarcasm
thanks your parents for jeans that aren’t in style to asking God why me
whenever taking a selfie some people won’t understand, that Instagram treats
bad looking pictures like a disability victim

Don’t look for too long,
avoid feeling sorry for them at all cost

 

 

 

Children learn at an
early age how to view themselves and the people around them. In an article
published in 2012, Alison Gopnik and Henry Wellman state, “Studies demonstrate
children from as early as 16 months to 4 years old learn through their own
actions on the world and through observations of the actions of others.
Personal relationships provide a foundation to the character of a child. From
their family they learn about values, cultivate their perception, instincts and
understanding of the world.  There are
many ways a family can negatively affect how a person perceives themselves.
Sometimes family members who struggle with their own body image can criticize
their children and other times it can be the burden of constantly being
compared to one’s siblings. Both scenarios can lead to low self-esteem which
will ultimately put them on a road to loathing their bodies and looks. As
children transition from home to school peer interaction increases. Friends
also play an important role in our development. The way your friends treat and
respond to us, will over time, have a strong influence on our perception of
ourselves. It’s a process called the Michelangelo Effect and its affects can be
both negative or positive. Adolescents begin to compare themselves to their
peers and at times may have negative thoughts or receive them from others.
Suddenly what you wear, how much you eat, how you look matters. Although these
actions often stem from ignorance, they can affect body image and self-esteem.

 

A 2017 survey concluded
that “the average millennial spends approximately eighteen hours a day
consuming media—often multiple forms at once. Psychologists have since found
strong evidence connecting social media platforms to body image anxieties such
as, dieting and body surveillance. Apps like Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook
provide the tools that equips teen with the ability to seek approval and
compare themselves to others. Social media alters the truth and objectifies
reality. They are plagued by unrealistic pictures, many of them edited. Social
media breeds unhappiness, because people spend their lives trying to be like
the person they see in the photo. This world breeds our insecurities, it
teaches us to be vain.

We’re so concerned about
the physical that we don’t observe the literal facts; that there are companies
with stock in our self-esteem, profiting with how we see ourselves and make
other people feel. According to a February 2017 US News and World Report, the
total revenue accumulated by the weight loss industry totaled just north of 5,
400,000,000 billion dollars.

 

 

 There’s this stigma that the “fat girl” is
unhealthy, and the “skinny” girl isn’t. Wil only accept you if you have an
ideal body shape correlates to low body satisfaction. Individuals who feel
pressurized by society to achieve an ideal body are more likely to have lower
body satisfaction than individuals who do not feel pressurized

 

 

 

 

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