How we see ourselves, how others see us and how society and the media say we should
see ourselves are dramatically different and have profound ramifications for our mental health, physical well-being and overall happiness and sense of self. Not surprisingly, the research on the relationship between body image and career advancement and satisfaction is not pretty…
Attractiveness is equated with intelligence, beginning in nursery school. By midlife we are all too aware that attractiveness is often used synonymously with “youthfulness.” When people began saying, “Oh, you don’t look 60! …or 70!” they meant it as a compliment. When my friends began serious hair coloring and face lifting, and stopped marking birthdays or even mentioning their graduation year, and worried about holding on to jobs in which competence was connected with appearance… we knew we were all in trouble.
Body Image (PDF)