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The Teenage Guy's Survival Guide by The go-to book about growing up for teenage (or soon-to-be teenage) boys everywhere, updated with brand-new content for today's social media-driven world. Why do crushes make a person go crazy? Where is the best place to break up? What's up with bad teenage mustaches? With chapters covering everything from dating, kissing, and shaving, to moods, peer pressure, bullying, and drugs, The Teenage Guy's Survival Guide offers the real deal on everything guys want to know. Author Jeremy Daldry tackles the various issues adolescent boys face with irreverence and true understanding - and without giving them a nervous breakdown. This revised second edition has been updated to address all sexualities, to reflect changes in the way kids hang out and party, and to tackle the myriad of other challenges brought on by today's social media-driven world. Like nothing else in the market, The Teenage Guy's Survival Guide gives kids the advice they need from someone who feels like a big brother.
Publication Date: 2018-04-03
Beautiful Stranger by Hope Donahue seemed to have it all: beauty, wealth, social status. She was an only child who grew up with the best private schools, debutante balls, and a home in Hancock Park, Los Angeless old-money enclave. But beneath the familys façade of keeping up appearances, Hope hid a host of ugly truths, including a mother increasingly jealous of her daughters good looks, an uncles sexual advances, and a father who cowed to the demands of his wife and coolly reserved parents. Hope became addicted to a quest for physical perfection in place of her self-esteemand by the age of twenty-seven she had undergone seven plastic surgeries. In riveting, unflinching prose, Hope recounts her downward spiral that alienated her family and friends, and led her to theft, bankruptcy, and a sadistic relationship before she began her recovery.A powerful response to a culture obsessed with extreme makeovers and risky procedures that promise flawlessness, Beautiful Strangeris a timely, cautionary tale. Her story will inspire the countless women and men like her who struggle every day in a culture that feeds us dangerous images of unattainable perfection.Beautiful Strangeris a dark, scary, and important story of how broad social trends shape the suffering of individualshow, in the authors case, the beauty addiction of a whole culture is mapped onto a dysfunctional family and an obsessive compulsive disorder. Donahue perfectly captures the predatory style of a certain kind of surgeonat once seductively flattering and solicitous and yet always on the prowl for access into the faces and bodiess of the vulnerable. Virginia L. Blum author of Flesh Wounds
Publication Date: 2004-08-03
The Development of Shyness and Social Withdrawal by This volume brings together leading authorities to review progress in understanding the development, causes, & consequences of shyness & social withdrawal. While both positive & negative peer interactions have been a focus of scientific interest, less attention has been given to children who refrain from interacting with peers.
Publication Date: 2010-02-18
Face Value by A thought-provoking examination of how we think and talk about beauty today—and the unexpected and often positive ways that beauty shapes our lives. For decades, we’ve discussed our insecurities in the face of idealized, retouched, impossibly perfect images. We’ve worried primping and preening are a distraction and a trap. But have we focused too much on beauty’s negative influence? In Face Value, journalist Autumn Whitefield-Madrano thoughtfully examines the relationship between appearance and science, social media, sex, friendship, language, and advertising to show how beauty actually affects us day to day. Through meticulous research and interviews with dozens of women across all walks of life, she reveals surprising findings, like that wearing makeup can actually relax you, that you can convince people you’re better looking just by tweaking your personality, and the ways beauty can be a powerful tool of connection among women. Equal parts social commentary, cultural analysis, careful investigation, and powerful personal anecdotes, Face Value is provocative and empowering—and a great conversation starter for women everywhere.
Publication Date: 2016-06-21
Frequently Asked Questions about Cosmetic Surgery by In 2009, nearly 210,000 cosmetic surgery procedures were performed on teens between the ages of thirteen and nineteen. The top five procedures performed were nose reshaping, breast reduction in men, breast augmentation, ear surgery, and liposuction. A driving factor for these surgeries-then and today-is the desire to fit in, and to correct what are seen as imperfections. This book serves as a friendly guide, teaching teens about the risks and dangers involved in cosmetic surgery, while dispelling many lingering myths. Readers who are hard-set on surgery are instructed about insurance coverage and costs, and how to find a qualified surgeon.
Publication Date: 2011-12-15
The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth by In a smart, entertaining, reassuring book that reads like fiction, Alexandra Robbins manages to cross Gossip Girl with Freaks and Geeks and explain the fascinating psychology and science behind popularity and outcasthood. She reveals that the things that set students apart in high school are the things that help them stand out later in life. Robbins follows seven real people grappling with the uncertainties of high school social life, including: The Loner, who has withdrawn from classmates since they persuaded her to unwittingly join her own hate club The Popular Bitch, a cheerleading captain both seduced by and trapped within her clique's perceived prestige The Nerd, whose differences cause students to laugh at him and his mother to needle him for not being "normal" The New Girl, determined to stay positive as classmates harass her for her mannerisms and target her because of her race The Gamer, an underachiever in danger of not graduating, despite his intellect and his yearning to connect with other students The Weird Girl, who battles discrimination and gossipy politics in school but leads a joyous life outside of it The Band Geek, who is alternately branded too serious and too emo, yet annually runs for class president In the middle of the year, Robbins surprises her subjects with a secret challenge--experiments that force them to change how classmates see them. Robbins intertwines these narratives--often triumphant, occasionally heartbreaking, and always captivating--with essays exploring subjects like the secrets of popularity, being excluded doesn't mean there's anything wrong with you, why outsiders succeed, how schools make the social scene worse--and how to fix it. The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth is not just essential reading for students, teachers, parents, and anyone who deals with teenagers, but for all of us, because at some point in our lives we've all been on the outside looking in.
Publication Date: 2009-04-01
The Lonely American by The personal and societal effects of the unheralded epidemic of social isolation in America In our culture it's more socially acceptable to be depressed than to be lonely. Yet loneliness is the inevitable byproduct of our frenetic contemporary lifestyle. In this marvelously acute critique of how we live, psychiatrists Jacqueline Olds and Richard S. Schwartz show how the American lifestyle leads to social isolation. With a work ethic that emphasizes productivity over personal relationships and a multiplying menu of electronic diversions and distractions, Americans are responding by isolating themselves from an overstimulating world. But even as people seek respite from public life, they are shocked to find themselves feeling left out. Research shows that when people feel socially excluded, their cognition deteriorates and they become self-destructive and hostile. These ideas have been neglected in the world of psychology and psychiatry, but a socially isolated core population has now grown too large to be ignored. Calling on their extensive clinical experience, new social surveys (including the 2004 General Social Survey and the Pew Internet and American Life Project), and recent research on the physiological and cognitive effects of social exclusion, Olds and Schwartz uncover the ripple effects of social isolation in areas as varied as physical health, children's emotional problems, substance abuse, violent crime--even global warming. They conclude that electronic connection is no substitute for face-to-face interaction.
Publication Date: 2009-02-01
Over It by Every year, desperate parents try to save their daughters from starving themselves to death. Yet every year, more girls eat less to look like their favorite supermodels. With this sobering fact in mind, Carol Emery Normandi and Lauralee Roark developed this book based on their ongoing workshops and the feedback of hundreds of young women. They look at the behaviors that may lead to eating disorders and the cultural, emotional, and physical reasons girls obsess about weight and eating. Theygo on to offer girls and their parents a map and a method for finding a realistic and livable balance. Stories and quotations from girls who have struggled with eating disorders give the book immediacy, and exercises and writing suggestions steer girls toward a healthy self-image and wholesome eating patterns.
Publication Date: 2001-02-08
Secrets Girls Keep by Do You Know Someone with a Secret? This book is for every girl with a secret, which pretty much means every one. Our secrets help us, hurt us, and sometimes even haunt us beyond high school. Secrets like: I hate the way I look. My boyfriend yells at me. I'm cheating my way through chemistry. I lost my virginity and regret it. I sent a text message about my friend that wasn't true. I went to a party and didn't tell my parents. My mom drinks too much. By revealing the personal stories, struggles, and secrets of other teen girls, Carrie Silver-Stock shows how to deal with everyday stresses by being self-reliant, not silent, and how to get real about what matters. With tips and advice for teens and by teens, you'll learn how to: * Navigate the ups and downs of dating * Make and keep good friends * Deal with school (the social scene and grades) * Handle family drama * Survive the cyber scene * And more . . . Thousands of girls are joining the movement to share their secrets, ideas, and stories. What are you waiting for? Visit www.girlswithdreams.com.
Publication Date: 2009-11-02
Self Esteem by Discusses self-esteem and how to build confidence and set goals.
Publication Date: 2011-08-01
The Shyness and Social Anxiety Workbook for Teens by Wouldn’t it be nice if you could just flick a switch and make your shyness go away? No more worrying about what others think about you, no more embarrassment in front of other people. You could just relax and feel comfortable and confident, the way you probably think everyone else feels. If you struggle with shyness, you’re all too familiar with the feeling of not knowing what to do or say, and you’ll do anything to avoid feeling that way. But, most likely, you also know that you’re missing out on a lot--friendships, potential relationships, and fun. You’ve chosen this book because you’re ready to stop hiding behind your shyness and start enjoying everything life has to offer. The worksheets and exercises inThe Shyness and Social Anxiety Workbook for Teens will help you learn to handle awkward social situations with grace and confidence, so you can make real connections with people you want to get to know. Based in proven-effective cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), the skills you learn will also help you speak up for yourself when you need to and stop dreading class projects that put you on the spot. Actually, there’s no aspect of your life that this workbook won’t help. So why let shyness rule your life one day longer? Let thisworkbook guide the way to a more confident, outgoing you.
Publication Date: 2012-06-01
Stop Being Lonely by Loneliness Has an Antidote: The Feeling of Closeness Loneliness isn’t something that happens only when we are physically alone. It can also happen when we are with people. Online friends, followers, or "likers” don’t necessarily add up to much when you crave fulfilling interaction, and satisfying, long-term relationships are not a mystery to be left up to chance (or technology). The good news is that, according to relationship coach Kira Asatryan, loneliness has a reliable antidote: the feeling of closeness. We can andshould cultivate closeness in our relationships using the steps outlined in this book: knowing, caring, and mastering closeness. Whether with romantic partners, friends, family members, or business colleagues, these techniques will help you establish true closeness with others. The simple and straightforward actions Asatryan presents in this wonderfully practical book will guide you toward better relationships and less loneliness in all social contexts.
Publication Date: 2016-02-16
Female Body Image and Self-Perception by Societal norms have placed large burdens on how women perceive themselves, and how they want others to perceive them. This has led to some distressing statistics, with up to 10 percent of college-aged women in the United States suffering from an eating disorder. While individual women can focus on cultivating a healthy body image, it is important for young women to analyze how the media and others encourage unhealthy perceptions of what women's bodies are supposed to look like. A glossary, a For More Information section, and additional avenues of research are provided to guide readers to better understand the importance of a healthy female body image.
Publication Date: 2017-12-15
No Weigh!! by This excellent workbook for teens aged thirteen through sixteen promotes positive body image and a healthy relationship to food. It also gives sensible, no-nonsense advice on how to prevent disordered eating of all kinds. It breaks down myths about diets and is full of tools and strategies to support connected eating, body positivity, and balanced exercise.
Publication Date: 2018-07-19
Self-Confidence and Self-Esteem
Body Dysmorphic Disorder
Defines body dysmorphic disorder, including its causes and symptoms, and the effects it can have on a person’s life, as well as how to get help for body dysmorphic disorder. Also in Spanish.
Body Image and Self-Esteem
An essay by D’Arcy Lyness, PhD, on the importance of body image and self-esteem, how these things can be influenced, and how to improve your body-image or seek help if need be. Also in Spanish.
Building Self-Esteem: A Self-Help Guide
A PDF guide sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services containing information, ideas, and strategies that people from all over the country have found to be helpful in relieving and preventing troubling feelings and symptoms.
Confidence: A Worksheet
Several exercises designed to help young adults build confidence in themselves and their abilities. Also in Spanish.
The Office of Women’s Health page on cosmetic surgery contains information equally applicable to readers of any gender. It includes the American Society of Plastic Surgeons’ list of inappropriate candidates, safety considerations, doctor credentials, resources on body dysmorphic disorder, and general cosmetic surgery resources.
A Guy's Guide to Body Image
This guide by Nemours’ TeensHealth addresses the sometimes-overlooked issue of male body image issues and suggests means by which young men can approach their body image and improve it. Also in Spanish.
Having Body Image Issues
It’s pretty common to worry a little about how your body looks, especially when it’s changing. GirlsHealth.gov offers an overview of body image and body image issues that apply equally well to teen readers of any gender, not just girls.
How Can I Improve My Self-Esteem?
Nemours’ TeensHealth answers the above question with fourteen strategies for managing lowered self-esteem. Also in Spanish.
Lupita Nyong’o: Black Women in Hollywood
A YouTube video of Lupita Nyong’o giving a speech about black women in Hollywood that encourages viewers to learn to love their looks – and themselves.
Media and Body Image
The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has put together a list of frequently asked questions about media and body image for teens. FAQ includes resources and a glossary.
Connecting With Your Community
Helping your community can make you feel like you belong and have something to offer. Having community means you have people you trust and who trust you. It means you are never really alone. This page offers advice for young women which applies equally to young men on how to be great members of the community as well as suggestions for getting involved.
Dealing With Loneliness and Shyness
HelpGuide provides self-help tools needed to successfully address mental, emotional, and social health issues. The site contains over 250 articles and other resources covering 31 topics, including loneliness, and collaborates with Harvard Health Publications to provide comprehensive evidence-based information and resources.
Advice on the benefits of extracurricular activities, finding the right activity, getting involved, and how to tell if you’re over-doing it with an activity. Also in Spanish.
Girl Scouts of America allows you to send a message to a girl (or anyone who looks at the site, truly) who needs a kind word, and get a kind message when you want one. The site allows you to track all the places a message has been viewed since it was sent.
The Loneliness Project
The Loneliness Project is the first chapter of An Imperfect Archive of Us, a digital space to cultivate compassion - for others, but especially for ourselves. On this site readers can explore new stories of loneliness weekly.
Making New Friends
Ten suggestions for making new friends from GirlsHealth.gov which can apply equally to readers of any gender.
Rejection and How to Handle It
Rejection doesn’t have to be about the big stuff. Everyday situations can lead to feelings of rejection, too. This article from Nemours’ TeensHealth explores how rejection affects people and how to cope with it. Also in Spanish.
So Lonely I Could Die
The American Psychological Association discusses the public health risk posed by social isolation and loneliness.
Why Lonely Teens Stay Lonely
Fusion writer Isha Aran offers a summary of a study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology wherein researchers discovered chronically lonely teens react differently to social invitations than their peers.