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Changing Roles of Women and Approaches to Improve Self-Esteem

January 29, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 138

To assess the levels of, and then improve self-esteem in 2012, involves a completely different approach than that of 60 years ago. The gender roles back then, were more clearly defined, and with social boundaries regarding the roles of both women and men, who generally stayed within those boundaries.

Men just weren't to be seen pushing prams in the street, there was no such thing as a house-husband. Even men cooking had the tendency to be considered 'cissy'. The majority of women acted subservient to men. In fact, men had legal control over women in many areas. One of them being that the husband was legally responsible for completing the wife's tax return, and therefore knew precisely what she earnt. Unless the husband chose to tell her, the wife never knew how much he earned. Also upon marriage the women were expected to give up their jobs. They gladly took on role of housewife and mother, becoming confined to the home; although this trend slowly started to change throughout that decade.

If anyone has watched the Stepford Wives, then although that is a vast exaggeration, it is based on how they actually were. They were required to look perfect and conform to accepted appearances of the day, in high heels, pearl necklaces, and twinsets, awaiting the return of their husband (who always knew best) and to ask how his day went, as it prioritised in importance, to their day.

So the factors which established whether women had high self-esteem were reflected in how they thought their appearance rated, were they good cooks and mothers, i.e. nothing too intellectually demanding.

In 2012 things are so different. It is the norm for a wife and mother to work at least part-time and full-time is not frowned upon at all. Many wives work instead of men, who stay at home to be the house-husband. Women can be as diverse as they choose regarding dress code. Most men cook and it is even seen as macho to push a pram.

How does this all affect self-Esteem? In today's highly competitive society, women assess their self-worth differently. It is based more on their academic achievements and/or how high their income levels are. They are often the breadwinner and more and more women now have a university degree. So it is no longer the case of the 'all knowing husband'. A growing number of women today than ever before, live on their own, hold mortgages in their name only, in addition to widows remaining in the family home. In other words they are forced to take on far more responsibility than perhaps they did in the past.

The factors responsible for acquiring and maintaining self-esteem, therefore, are far more diverse and different according to each individual, than they may have been in the 1950's when life in general was so much simpler and less complex than today. The mass media today, is responsible for a lot of women's inferiorities, especially surrounding their appearance.

To feel good about ourselves, to hold a positive self-belief, we need to ensure our neural pathways are heading in the right direction. We need to assess our own individual roll in society. Is it fundamentally based on domesticity, or are there the demands of a profession, with high levels of responsibility attached? Once all these questions have been dealt with we can then start to make carefully tailored plans to meet our individual needs. Work towards feeling comfortable with ourselves, confident, capable and able to fit into all of our individual roles, both in society and in our private lives.

If you would like further information regarding how we actually go about achieving this, then check out:

Debbie Winstanley BSc(Hons)Psych, MBSCH

My name is Debbie Winstanley and my business is to help people change their lives. If you would like further information regarding how we actually go about achieving this, then check out:

Debbie Winstanley BSc(Hons)Psych, MBSCH

Debbie Winstanley BSc(Hons)Psych, MBSCH is qualified to help you improve your self-esteem to higher levels using both EFT and NLP. These techniques can be conducted over Skype or face to face, if you live in her part of the UK. FREE sessions are offered to those Consultants working alongside her. To find out how you can receive FREE sessions, just check out the following site:

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