Ugly as Sin: The Truth About How We Look and Finding Freedom From Self-Hatred

Ugly as Sin: The Truth About How We Look and Finding Freedom From Self-Hatred

by Toni Raiten-D'Antonio
     
 

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'I'm Ugly. You're Ugly. So What?'

In Ugly as Sin Toni Raiten-D'Antonio, MSW, breaks the ultimate social taboo by insisting that she is ugly in the eyes of the world. More shocking still, she calls on the rest of us to own our ugliness too. But don't be insulted. There's a liberating purpose to her message, one that could finally set you free from the

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'I'm Ugly. You're Ugly. So What?'

In Ugly as Sin Toni Raiten-D'Antonio, MSW, breaks the ultimate social taboo by insisting that she is ugly in the eyes of the world. More shocking still, she calls on the rest of us to own our ugliness too. But don't be insulted. There's a liberating purpose to her message, one that could finally set you free from the obsessing, self-doubt, and self-criticism that all of us participate in when we think about how we look.

In this unprecedented examination of ugliness, its pervasiveness in our society, and the havoc it wreaks on our psyches, spirits, and bodies, Raiten-D'Antonio bravely confronts the problem of ugliness (including her own) and opens a dialogue that is provocative and inspiring. She reveals the roots of our perceptions of ugliness and beauty, tracing them through biology, art, religion, and culture and shows how we have been led to fear being defined as ugly ('ugliphobia'), and how this dread has become a universal problem. Comparing ourselves to impossible and ever-changing ideals of beauty, we endlessly cycle between efforts at self improvement and hopelessness.

What you will learn from Ugly as Sin is that overcoming ugliphobia begins with understanding the origins of the problem and learning that what we call ugly is not frightening or alien but part of being human. With searing honesty and empathy, Raiten-D'Antonio gives us the courage to redefine ugliness according to our own standards, while providing tools for finding self-acceptance and living in a world in which ugliness seems to be the ultimate sin.

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In an examination that is equal parts cultural study and memoir, Psychotherapist and bestselling author Raiten-D'Antonio (The Velveteen Principles for Women) explores the U word and its implications in a society obsessed with beauty and youth. Raiten-D'Antonio has encountered ugliness, or "ugliphobia" as she calls it, in her professional work and her classroom. "Bigotry based on appearance seems to be the last socially acceptable bastion of prejudice." The author provides an important historical context of the concept of beauty and makes easy reference to pop culture; she discusses its power by examining her own personal relationship to beauty, including painful experiences with her appearance and, ultimately, her choice to have plastic surgery. An appendix features posts from women who responded to her female-empowerment Facebook group, leaving no doubt as to the importance and reach of this issue. With body-image ranked near the top of concerns among women (and men) today, Raiten-D'Antonio's contention that "everyone is ugly" is not only true but empowering, making her message of acceptance, healing, and hope all the more necessary.
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Ugly As Sin
Toni Raiten-D'Antonio
Health Communications Inc.
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UGLY AS SIN: THE TRUTH ABOUT HOW WE LOOK AND FINDING FREEDOM FROM SELF-HATRED is the first book to examine ugliness, how it's defined, and how it controls our lives. It's based on the author's research into bigotry based on appearance and some results come from the author's web-based survey on self-assessment and ugliness, which sparked hundreds of responses around the world. An intriguing survey results!

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780757393273
Publisher:
Health Communications, Incorporated
Publication date:
08/19/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
268
Sales rank:
1,224,634
File size:
1 MB

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