Workshop promotes self- confidence

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    By CHRISTINE RAPPLEYE

    Learning to love, respect and trust is difficult for some due to public opinion of what a person should look like said Jean Taylor Scott.

    Scott, the ex-coordinator of the Women’s Services and Resources, presented a workshop entitled “Body I Hear You” as part of the lecture series “I Am a Woman, Not a Barbie.”

    With the aid of Winnie the Pooh, Scott focused on how to be content on a person being themselves and the “Celebration of Self.”

    Quoting from “The Toa of Pooh,” by Benjamin Hoff, Scott said Pooh is content just being Pooh. He likes himself the way he is and has no desire to change himself. Of his friends in the Hundred Acre Wood, Scott said,” Eeyore frets, Piglet hesitates, Rabbit calculates, Owl pontificates but Pooh — just is.”

    Scott said women first need to recognize themselves for who they are, both as a physical and a spiritual being, then women will be able to generate a sense of peace, Scott said.

    Women need to be able to trust and respect themselves for who they are because “having little understanding of themselves, they have little respect for themselves, and are therefore easily influenced by others,” Scott said.

    Women often have a tendency to try to live up to other’s ideals and expectations of what women should be like and what they should do in the workforce, she continued.

    “It’s very difficult to live up to your own expectation when other people have other expectations for us,” a student said.

    As a result of the world’s high expectations, most women fall short of this “standard” and, as a result, end up beating themselves up about their image.

    “It’s almost a double standard (of what is expected of men and women),” said Farrah Walker, a senior from Carmouth, Mass., majoring in English.

    Women also need to realize their limitation and accept them. In doing so, they can also look to their strengths to serve others.

    “We do not need to spend time wishing you were something else when they are wishing that they are you,” Scott said.

    This workshop is the first of a three-week series entitled “I Am a Woman, Not a Barbie.” The next workshop is “Perfection versus Wholeness” on Sept. 17 at 11 am in 3238 ELWC and will be presented by Kelly Walker, a graduated student in marriage and family therapy.

    The final workshop, “Eating for a Fitter You,” will be presented by Stacey Richins, a dietician at the McDonald Health Center on Sept. 24.

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