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HUM 111 Week Seven. DQS




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Week Seven
Many people argue unrealistic standards of beauty as set through celebrities and the media is
a real problem for our society. Men and women are influenced by media to strive for idealistic
versions of perfection. How could you help someone who is struggling with low self-esteem
and sense of self-worth to see, through critical thinking, beyond the messages they are
bombarded with on a daily basis?
The first, and most important, thing to do when trying to help someone with low self-esteem is to make
them realize that society doesn't determine beauty. That's where critical thinking becomes a crucial part of
helping. The same old speech that beauty is on the inside is most likely not going to work. The person
has already heard those cliches before and if it were that easy, they could fix the problem themselves. In
situations where people are assaulted with expectations from media and society, the way to make
progress is to actually show them that everyone has flaws and no one is perfect. A good method to start
with is criticism. Not of the person, but directed towards what society considers beautiful. This works on
many levels to increase morale and confidence. Picking out flaws can also be entertaining and could lead
to trust between you and them. Showing that everything has imperfections will lead to a higher self-
esteem because every time they are confronted with expectations from society, they can think through it.
How can being open to criticism help you solve problems in your daily life?
Being open to criticism can help solve problems by allowing others to make suggestions and offer ideas.
Like the book says, no solution is ever perfect and there is always room for improvement. Criticism works
in the same way as feedback in the sense that the situation, problem, or actions are being critiqued in
order to find the flaws and make it better. As long as the criticism is constructive, and combined with
critical thinking, it can reduce the flaws and chance of errors in a solution. Negative criticism though, can
have the opposite effect and cause the person to not consider any advice. For example, people that have
marital problems sometimes got to a therapist to resolve the problem. The expectation is to explain the
situation and get constructive and unbiased criticism that leads to a solution. However, if it is perceived as
attacking or negative, one, or both, people will shut down and not be open to anything at all.
Sometimes your ego can make it hard for you to receive criticism of your own solutions. Do
you think some personality types are naturally better at receiving criticism than others? What
strategies can you use to be more receptive of criticism of your own ideas and solutions?
I definitely think certain personality types are better at receiving criticism than others and I also think it
depends on previous experiences that molds a person's personality to being receptive or not. For the
ones that have an over-confident personality, taking criticism can be difficult because that means they
have to accept they were wrong or not perfect. Other people that are more objective and understanding
are much more likely to receive criticism because they know that nothing is perfect and criticism can help
them improve their thoughts and actions. A key strategy to be more open to criticism is probably the
hardest one to use because it requires a person to let go of their pride. It falls into the ego problem and
can be the difference of succeeding and failing. Another method is to take a moment to think of how
important are your ideas and solutions. Is it more important to believe your never wrong, or to accept
criticism and find the best solution?
After reading Applications 10.3 on p. 193 of your text, how can you refine the solution given in
the text?
In the example, Lily made the point that if everyone made their own meaning, then no one would be
wrong. Obviously, people are wrong because we do have issues. For instance, if one person decides to

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force their meaning on someone else, then there will be issues and problems. I think the best way to
refine the solution is to say that no one knows the true meaning of life, if there even is one, so until it can
be found, people should make the most of life and live for what makes them happy. With that, there are
still issues involved, but they are much fewer.
Read Applications 10.6 on p. 194 of your text. Use your creativity to come up with possible
solutions to the problem presented.
The way I see it is that after school sessions with volunteering workers could give a chance for any one
who wants to learn and be functional on their own with out relying on others for assistance. There are a
great many people out there from young to old who wants to help and to resolve this issue among our
brother's and sisters's who struggle just reading the newspapers or even how to get on the internet.
Volunteer programs are one of the best ways to solve issues or problems related to services and budget
costs. Not only do they provide the services needed, but they're also very cost-effective and generally
don't require much money. You're right too, that there are many people that want to help. The problem
that seems to occur most in that situation is that there aren't any programs available. The book says there
are millions of adults in America that are illiterate, however, there are billions of us who can. Even if one
person helps five others at a time, the problem could be resolved fairly easy.

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