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The place of fear

For many in the West, the mirror is a place of fear.

Pastoral care Helen Thorne
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The reflection we see staring back at us never seems to match up with cultural ideals or withstand the comparisons we make. The pressure to be thin, toned, handsome and young comes from within and without, and each time we find ourselves deviating from what we have come to believe is best, there is a renewed suspicion we’re not good enough, that maybe we ought to try to make ourselves better through a new outfit, a new regime or even the surgeon’s knife.