Stop worrying about your wrinkles!
Ever complimented someone on looking young for her age, or pointed out a peer who is aging poorly? Called attention to the very beginnings of wrinkles on your forehead or a stray gray hair? Have the words "I need a facelift," ever escaped from your lips? If you answered yes to any of the above, you're guilty of "old talk"-and you're not alone.
As women age, they are increasingly likely to talk disparagingly about looking old or wishing to look younger. That kind of language has the potential to do serious damage to how women feel about themselves and their bodies. There's been a lot of research on the demoralizing impact of fat talk, the negative comments we make about our own weight. But old talk is just starting to enter the conversation.
"Until now, we have used the term 'the thin ideal' to describe what the ideal woman in our culture looks like," says Carolyn Black Becker, Ph.D., a psychology professor at Trinity University in SanRead More »from Are You Guilty of 'Old Talk'? a New Study Says Probably