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PPN Bites: “How can positive psychology help women with their body images?” by Carin Rockind (Episode 07)

written by Carin Rockind 10 July 2018

Carin Rockind, MAPP '10, is an empowerment coach and inspirational speaker. Carin holds the simple philosophy that we each have a unique purpose on earth and we're happy when living it. Working with individuals and companies, she combines her expertise in Positive Psychology with experience as a trauma survivor and former Fortune 500 exec to support professional women to be truly happy and wildly successful. For more information, visit Website, Facebook, Twitter. Full bio. Carin's articles are here.

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Hi, I’m Carin Rockind. Welcome to PPND Bites where we give you 60-second helpings of the positive psychology news you need to know. It’s summer and I know I wanna go hit the beach and maybe you do too but did you know that between 80 and 90% of all women dislike their bodies? I mean, hate their bodies. The question is can positive psychology help?

A research study of 318 participants where the participants took scores of self-efficacy, feminist ideology, ordered or disordered eating and positive or negative body image found that feminist ideology actually did support having a better body image and even more so, having self-efficacy, the belief that given your strengths, you can achieve your goals, self-efficacy highly predicted positive body image and lowered disordered eating. So, this is an opportunity for all of us to support others in having higher self-efficacy and feel great about themselves that they can hit the beach. With that, I hope that this helps you take a bite out of happiness. Bye for now.


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Kinsaul, J., Curtin, L, Bazzini, D., & Martz, D. (2013). Empowerment, feminism, and self-efficacy: Relationships to body image and disordered eating. Body image, 11(1), 63-67.

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