Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Models are Moping. Funky or Fabulous?

Models are anything but models of happiness.

Surprised? I'm not. When ever you focus on trying to be "perfect" the result is misery. Now, there is a study to back me up.

Psychologists at London's City University questioned 56 models, almost two-thirds of them female, and 53 non-models. The studied their mental health with women from a design office and literary agency. Guess what? The models were far less happy.

The results, published in the Journal of Positive Psychology, show that models felt their lives were out of their control and their bodies were the only aspect of their lives they had power over. This fuelled unhealthy physical obsessions and low self-esteem.

Perfection-itis is a major component of women's unhappiness. In my coaching I see woman often striving for unhealthy perfection. It's better to be happy than....perfect!

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