My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Let’s be honest. Apart from the hypocrisy of feminist manifesto of defying patriarchal, patroilineal views on ideal feminine beauty, being beautiful can be a confidence factor, and it can make a world of difference to a woman. That’s why there is a myriad of self-help books on beauty, most of which I find insipid, redundant, and banal on the basis of superficiality and presumptuousness of the subject matter that in fact deserves of a certain respect and serious approaches. Hence Pretty Girl by Bronwen Skye whose beauty advice is rooted in psychology and neuroplasticity in the form of Law of Attraction.
The author tells us that acting like a pretty girl is the elemental It, even if you don’t think you are. This could be met with a wave of casual scoffing, for we have heard of this mass advice from self-proclaimed beauty advisors. But Skye is different in the aspect that she sets forth details on discovering your beauty buried inside by practicing Law of Attraction which are comprised of: (1) Affirmation of what you want to achieve (i.e., feeling pretty no matter what); (2) Appreciation of what you already have even though you don’t recognize it; and (3) Visualization of the Real Confident, Pretty You. In fact, these factors are scientifically proven as the effects of neuroplasticity, the brain’s forming and rewiring of neurons that continue until we die. In other words, what we think all the time can become a solid reality, as Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “A man is what he thinks about all day long.”
To elucidate, this mind-control mantra relates to quantum physics. Affirmations are positive statements constructed by our intuitive mind (System 1) and believed by the conscious mind (System 2). Affirmations are like partly mantras and partly magical spells. But they are not the products of some obscure fad quasi-religious chants. In fact, affirmations are part of a very profound psychological process that occurs in your mind. As you repeat them, they become “entrenched” in your subconscious mind, and when it happens, you will be transformed or morphed into whatever or whomever you like to be. For example, Aristotle once said, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence is, then is not an act, but a habit.” All the aforesaid is a testament to the effect of the law of affirmation, which links right back to the subject of the book of finding a pretty girl in you struggling to be manifested.
Skye’s writing style is simple, unpretentious, straight to the point, and persuasive. This is what I call truly intelligent writing in which the author’s thoughts and opinions are logically coherent without a display of magniloquent vocabulary to wow the readers. Reading this book would give the readers a sense of gaining a set of magical spells from a white witch who proffers practical and effective methods of affirmation that is both scientifically and psychologically proven to work in reality.
Interested in this topic or not, this is a read worthwhile to be chewed and digested for a refreshment of your soul. Practicing Law of Affirmation on the grounds of neuroplasticity does not only have to be focused on physical beauty but also on any area of your life you want to improve for betterment because you are indeed worth it.