Reviving Ophelia

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Penguin, Aug 1, 2005 - Psychology - 304 pages
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#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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i am a teenage girl and i did enoy this book. however in it dr. pipher speaks of things that can damage girls and i think that this bok was kind of damaging to girls in itself. it suggested to me that ... Read full review

Reviving Ophelia : Saving the Lives of Adolescent Girls

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Pipher writes from a dual perspective: that of a clinical psychologist who has been counseling girls for more than 20 years and of a mother of a teenaged daughter. Her report is frightening. Girls ... Read full review

Contents

CAYENNE 15
CHARLOTTE 15
LORI 12ON THE CUSP
PHYSICAL SELVES
SOCIAL SELVESFAMILY
SOCIAL SELVESPEERS
SPIRITUAL SELVES
FRANCHESCA 14
TAMMY 17
GAIL 15
HEIDI 16
THE FOOD ADDICTION
PRUDENCE 16
STARVATION IN THE LAND OF PLENTY
SAMANTHA 16
COMPULSIVE EATERS

LUCY 15
LEAH 18
JODY 16
ABBY AND ELIZABETH
ROSEMARY 14
JESSICA 15 AND BRENDA
SORREL 16 AND FAY
WHITNEY 16 AND EVELYN
KATIE 16 AND PETE
HOLLY 14 AND DALE
KLARA 15 AND KURT
JULIA 14
MYRA 14
AMY12
JASMIN 13
MONICA 15
CINDY 14
PENELOPE 16
VIOLET 18
TRACY 13
RITA 16
CASEY 18
DANIELLE 16
KELLI15
CHRISTY 14
LIZZIE 17
ANGELA 16
SEXUAL VIOLENCE
ELLIE 15
TERRA 15
MARGARET
JUNE
CAROLINE 17
EVONNE16
MARIA 16
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Mary Pipher, Ph.D., is a psychologist and the author of nine books, including the New York Times bestsellers 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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