Reviving Ophelia Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. What generalization does Dr. Pipher make for the girls who come to therapy before they reach adolescence?

Dr. Pipher believes that few pre-adolescent girls come to her for therapy and the ones that do are courageous and resilient.

2. What does Dr. Pipher indicate is the problem as it relates to young girls with fairy tales?

Dr. Pipher believes that fairy tales show young girls that they must be rescued by a male in order to survive; also, that they need to become passive and docile with their personalities to succeed.

3. Why does Dr. Pipher believe that young girls are particularly difficult to develop theories about in regard to treatment?

Dr. Pipher believes that young girls are particularly difficult to develop theories about because they are very secretive by nature at this time in their development.

4. Why does Dr. Pipher describe adolescent girls as female impersonators?

Dr. Pipher describes adolescent girls as female impersonators because they are no longer true to themselves and are more interested in trying to please others.

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