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Mothers, Daughters, and Body Image: Learning to Love Ourselves as We Are Paperback – October 31, 2017
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About the Author
Hillary McBride is a PhD candidate at the University of British Columbia in Counselling Psychology where she is continuing research she started for her masters, exploring women’s experiences in and of the body, particularly at significant transitions points. McBride sees patients privately where for a variety of concerns, including acute mental health issues. She works regularly with people struggling with depression, anxiety, life transitions, self-harm, abuse, relationship issues, and sexuality. She specializes in women’s issues from a feminist perspective. McBride has designed body image presentations for young girls and their mothers that she presents regularly in schools and community settings. She regularly speaks on radio, podcasts, and at workshops on a variety of mental health topics including sexuality, body image, well-being, living authentically, and healing trauma.
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There were a few minor issues I had. First, the book came with very slight damage. A few bend marks on the cover as well as scratches and spots. Nothing that stopped me from enjoying it, but it was noticeable to me right away. Secondly, I noticed quite a few typos. A surprising amount, even though I’m not really the kind of person who cares about that sort of thing. For example, “of” instead of “off”, “we” instead of “be”, some weird comma placements, that sort of thing. Also not a very big deal, just something that was hard not to notice.
The biggest struggle for me personally came when reading the chapter on spirituality. I used to be a very strong, evangelical Christian. I believed in miracles, I believed I could hear that voice of God, I believed He (God’s a man, duh) loved me completely as I am and literally knit me together in my mothers womb. But none of that took away the immense hated I felt for myself. If anything, it led me into more shame for hating a thing that God had made and said was good and loved every bit of, unconditionally.
Everything else about the content of this book was absolutely perfect and like a healing balm to me. I ugly cried reading the last two chapters. I plan on re-reading it at a slower pace, highlighting and underlining, writing notes, and journaling through the reflection questions and all the feelings that come up.
Hillary, if you ever read this review, I want you to know this: I have spent over 15 years intensely hating my body (I most likely have BDD), I have read/listened so many books and blogs and podcasts on body image, on loving yourself, all that blah blah blah, and this one is the best. This one I will return to again and again. This one I will carry with me throughout my journey into self love and acceptance. Thank you for doing this and for your vulnerability. I so look forward to hearing (and reading) more from you in the future!