Why Do Women Like to Talk about their Flaws?

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When you get together with other women, do you invariably fall into the trap of bemoaning some physical thing you dislike about yourself? Like your muffin top or your droopy butt or the bags under your eyes? Or how you can't believe you're getting so old? (You just turned 40.) As much as I try not to, I know I do. There are many reasons we lapse into this self-negating talk, but Ashley writing at Nourishing the Soul made me think of one I hadn't considered before: our need to connect.--Mona

My guess is that these seem like safe topics in mixed company. With politics, religion, and sex usually on the taboo list, most women feel pretty safe talking about diets and their crow’s feet in just about any social situation. We figure that others can relate. Doesn’t everyone want to change themselves?

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Read more from Fat Talk, Old Talk, and All that Other Self-Deprecating Talk at Nourishing the Soul


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