Before discussing romantic relationships in the context of YA Literature, we must first define what a romantic relationship is. According to Wikipedia, “in the context of romantic love relationships, romance usually implies an expression of one’s strong romantic love, or one’s deep and strong emotional desires to connect with another person intimately or romantically.” In … More What Are Romantic Relationships?
According to Merriam-Webster, the word “abuse” has multiple definitions, including: “a corrupt practice or custom”; “improper or excessive use or treatment”; “language that condemns or vilifies, usually unjustly, intemperately, and angrily”; or “physical maltreatment”. In lived social worlds, as well as literature social worlds, types of abuse are usually broken down into subcategories, like the … More What Is Abuse?
According to Merriam-Webster, popularity is the state of being liked, enjoyed, accepted or done by a large number of people. In adolescent peer social worlds popularity usually refers to peers that are more liked or accepted than others. But what makes someone popular? Obviously being “popular” means to be liked or revered in an upper … More What Is Popularity?
According to Google, self-image is “the idea one has of one’s abilities, appearance, and personality.” Self-image is one of the most common themes in Young Adult literature. Self-image can cover a range of topics from perception of beauty or physical attraction to intelligence, athletic and artistic ability, and more. The term “self-image” is most commonly … More What is Self-Image?
Self-image can take several different forms, especially in the media. Self-image can be determined through the body, perceived social status, and material possessions. There are of course other factors for self-image, but in terms of what young adults (and people in general) are exposed to are often found in these three categories. The Body Fat-shaming … More Self-Image Awareness In Media
Lizzie McGuire Character: Miranda “And it is the lovely Penelope, and she’s chomping hard on cinnamon gum. She’d obviously tried to cover the smell of vomit with the biggest piece of cinnamon gum in the world. … ‘What are you looking at?’ she asks me. ‘I’m looking at an anorexic,’ I say … ‘I’m not … More Examples of Self-Image in Pop Culture
According to an article from The University of Texas at Austin’s Counseling and Mental Health Center, low self-esteem is not always easy to recognize. Often times low self-esteem takes three forms: The Imposter: acts happy and successful, but is really terrified of failure. Lives with the constant fear that she or he will be found … More The “Three Faces” of Low Self-Esteem
Do Bullies Really Have Low Self-Esteem? According to an article in Psychology Today, psychologists have found that most bullies have high self-esteem, but are afraid of exposing their own failures and shortcomings. This is similar to one of the three faces of self-esteem, “The Imposter.” By choosing victims or “targets” perhaps with similar failings or … More The Impacts of Bullying
While there is no reliable correlation between low self-image causing bullying, the effects of bullying on the self-image of others is undeniable. Victims are often left with feelings of inadequacy and in some cases may even take their own lives if they do not have the proper support systems around them. Bullies can have an … More 11 Facts About Bullying
The Princess Diaries Characters: Mia & Lana “‘Oh,’ said Quendy. ‘You like the lesions?’ Link said, ‘Can we just play?’ ‘Well, I think they’re a lot of fun,’ Calista said, as if she didn’t mean it but meant the opposite. Link spun again, and while he kissed this other girl, really hardly at all, Calista … More Examples of Popularity in Pop Culture