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The book Reviving Ophelia by Mary Pipher PHD is described as An eye-opening look at the everyday dangers of being young and female and how adults can help The main points of this book are to teach the world that growing up as an adolescent girl can be very hard and while the outside world is changing around them their insides are changing too Between about 12-17 are especially hard ages for females Mary Pipher describes the different reasons for this mostly having to do with Americas poisonous culture and how parents can help their daughters In Reviving Ophelia Mary Pipher gives examples of many patients that she has seen over the years as a therapist She writes about girls who have promiscuous sex take drugs smoke cigarettes and abuse alcohol She tells of girls with eating disorders who refuse to go to school and cut themselves Dr Pipher writes that in the beginning of her career as a therapist she couldnt really understand why the numbers of pre-teen and teenage girls have such severe psychological problems Analyzing American culture she concluded that we live in an age that poisons girls and the images they have of themselves She tells about girls and women sacrificing their true selves for a false self that will please others and make them fit the role as a woman Mary Pipher takes on a few psychological perspectives in this book none very strictly though For one she has some Sociocultural views She writes about the poisoning culture of America Saying that our world is a girl-hating pain-inflicting place she seems to be talking about our world as America not including other countries Maybe in other countries girls feel better about themselves and grow up with less emotional and psychological problems she does not bring this up in the book Dr Pipher also takes on some Behavioral views She writes that when girls give up their true selves
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