syndrome which involves, among other things, an addiction to
getting everyone's approval and getting everyone to like them. The
price of nicey they pay is the inability to deal with anger in an
appropriate way. Conversely, niceness in men, is associated with
weakness while men who express anger are associated with
second study interviewed 820 female undergraduate students.
Researchers found depression and alexithymia, the inability to
identify and describe one's feelings, directly influenced a
risk for developing
the eating disorders anorexia or bulimia. Family conflict,
child or emotional abuse and neglect also contributed to a young
experts said asserting oneself requires skills that can be learned
at any age, regardless of a person's emotional background. Too
often, women perceive anger
bad emotion that should be avoided. In fact, anger and
constructively expressing other negative feelings can he a very
positive, empowenng act.
the shortage of good female role models, there
of hope that mainstream culture is working to change these
ingrained attitudes toward women. TV is now trying to tell women
to be a lot more assertive, to speak up for themselves, which
shows that' women do have choices.