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Reviving Ophelia | [Mary Pipher]

Reviving Ophelia

Why are more American adolescent girls prey to depression, eating disorders, addictions, and suicide attempts than ever before? According to Dr. Mary Pipher, a clinical psychologist who has treated girls for more than 20 years, we live in a look-obsessed, media saturated, "girl-poisoning" culture. Despite the advances of feminism, escalating levels of sexism and violence - from undervalued intelligence to sexual harassment in elementary school - cause girls to stifle their creative spirit an natural impulses, which, ultimately, destroys their self-esteem. Yet girls often blame themselves or their families for this "problem with no name" instead of looking at the world around them as the culprit.In this insightful production of Reviving Ophelia, for the first time listeners will hear the personal and painfully honest voices of girls on the front lines of adolescence. By laying bare their harsh day-to-day reality, Reviving Ophelia sounds an alarm identifying these problems, and issues a call to arms to deal with them. And with compassion, Dr. Pipher offers parents compassion, strength, and realistic strategies with which to revive these present-day Ophelias' lost sense of self.
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Why are more American adolescent girls prey to depression, eating disorders, addictions, and suicide attempts than ever before? According to Dr. Mary Pipher, a clinical psychologist who has treated girls for more than 20 years, we live in a look-obsessed, media saturated, "girl-poisoning" culture. Despite the advances of feminism, escalating levels of sexism and violence - from undervalued intelligence to sexual harassment in elementary school - cause girls to stifle their creative spirit an natural impulses, which, ultimately, destroys their self-esteem. Yet girls often blame themselves or their families for this "problem with no name" instead of looking at the world around them as the culprit.

In this insightful production of Reviving Ophelia, for the first time listeners will hear the personal and painfully honest voices of girls on the front lines of adolescence. By laying bare their harsh day-to-day reality, Reviving Ophelia sounds an alarm identifying these problems, and issues a call to arms to deal with them. And with compassion, Dr. Pipher offers parents compassion, strength, and realistic strategies with which to revive these present-day Ophelias' lost sense of self.

©1996 Mary Pipher, Ph.D., (P)1996 Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, A Division of Random House, Inc.

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    Stuart I. Rice Gresham, OR 07-12-14
    Stuart I. Rice Gresham, OR 07-12-14 Member Since 2012

    I no longer just read... I process books!

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    "Desperately needs an update"
    Would you try another book from Mary Pipher and/or Mary Pipher Ph.D.?

    Based on the material and when it was written, "Reviving Ophelia" had some sound and good advice. It was, however, written in the 90's and is painfully apparent almost immediately. If the book were updated, or Dr. Mary Pipher were to write a new book on the same subject, I would be interested in reading it.


    Was Reviving Ophelia worth the listening time?

    In the end, it was not. I have this reaction because I was hoping that the book would help me with my 2014 daughters, who have very little in common with 1994 daughters.


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    Karen Arlington Heights, IL, United States 01-02-12
    Karen Arlington Heights, IL, United States 01-02-12 Member Since 2010
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    If you could sum up Reviving Ophelia in three words, what would they be?

    Definitely a worthwhile read for anyone with a teen or pre-teen daughter. Just a little disappointed.


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    William Boylston, MA, United States 12-20-11
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    "Great stories for all parents to read!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Great stories of issues girls have but could apply to boys too. A couple of areas left out from the book which I missed having but all in all it was great!


    What about Mary Pipher Ph.D.’s performance did you like?

    I thought Mary did a great job!


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    Mary's version of the developmental cycles and the conflicts they encounter within each cycle.


    Any additional comments?

    Great at and for any age - pre-teen to full blown young adults!

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