Reviving Ophelia

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Penguin, Aug 1, 2005 - Psychology - 304 pages
#1 New York Times Bestseller

The 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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Contents

Title Page Copyright Page Acknowledgements Dedication Preface
SAPLINGS IN THE STORM
THEORETICAL ISSUESFOR YOUR OWN GOOD
DEVELOPMENTAL ISSUESIM NOT WAVING IM DROWNING
FAMILIESTHE ROOT SYSTEMS
MOTHERS
FATHERS
DIVORCE
WORSHIPING THE GODS OF THINNESS
DRUGS AND ALCOHOLIF OPHELIA WERE ALIVE TODAY
SEX AND VIOLENCE
THEN AND
WHAT IVE LEARNED FROM LISTENING
LET A THOUSAND FLOWERS BLOOM
A FENCE AT THE TOP OF THE HILL
Recommended Reading COMING IN HARDCOVER FROM

WITHIN THE HURRICANEDEPRESSION

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About the author (2005)

Mary Pipher, Ph.D., is a psychologist and the author of the New York Times bestsellers Women Rowing North, Reviving Ophelia, The Shelter of Each Other, and Another Country, as well as Seeking Peace and Writing to Change the World. She lives in Nebraska.

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