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Amy Williams DrYow Essay 2 A Beautiful Thing Lucy Grealy in her essay Mirrors gives an awesome portrayal of how our external being as seen by others shapes and influences our own feelings of inner worth The author breaks down the true definition of individuality pointing out that individualism is really nothing more than the way society perceives us For example when Lucy was young her family and doctors rewarded her good behavior ie silence during chemotherapy by exclaiming What a brave little girl Unfortunately this type of praise installed a false and unhealthy sense of self in Lucy She became attached to this courageous stalwart disposition feeling that her reticence contributed to the approval attention and acceptance she received from others Grealy states if I broke down this would be seen as despicable in the eyes of both my parents and doctors I got tired of being brave every week I told myself not to cry and every week I failed 50 The author felt that by shedding tears she had somehow failed to cooperate effectively leaving disappointment in the heart of her most sought after audience her parents Like so many of us experience today L Grealy linked her broken life and lack of self-confidence to her outward flawed appearance To illustrate she writes I didnt feel I could pass up yet another chance to fix my face which I confusedly thought concurrent with fixing myself my soul my life 49 In most cases it is not necessarily our own face that humans most desire to change but similarly we mistakenly long for modification from the outside inward rather than the inside outward We struggle with self-acceptance and ascribe our inadequacy to external blemishes an outside force Amy Williams DrYow Essay 2 which denies the possibility for self-assertion and growth As individuals when we take on the role of self-martyrdom we cancel out the likelihood of change because
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