Stacey Nelkin: Is A Little Vanity Really So Bad?
Huffington Post - over 4 years
I'm an actress and on-camera relationship expert with a teenage girl at home. Needless to say, there's an ample amount of mirror gazing going on in my apartment.
Not so in the home of Kjerstin Gruys, a UCLA sociology grad student, who decided to shun all mirrors before her wedding, a journey she chronicled on her blog, Mirror Mirror Off the Wall.
The grand experiment began as Gruys was shopping for wedding gowns for her upcoming nuptials. Rather than finding the experience to be exciting and joyful, she found herself becoming obsessed with her body and weight. She had won a battle with anorexia a decade earlier, and she was troubled by the return of the intrusive, overly self-critical thoughts that had accompanied her disease. She wanted to come up with a way to keep this type of thinking at bay.
"I just kind of kept coming back to this pattern of perfectionism, and obsessing about my appearance, and I thought, 'If I can't think myself out of it, then maybe I need t
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