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Beauty and the Beast – A Today’s Life Psychological Review

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If people pay to watch the show, it must mean something to them, unless we decide that such a large amount of the population is just dull. That would be a stupid psychological conclusion. Truth is that we only do what is significant to us, even when we don’t understand our own reasons (and that’s the problem).

Beauty and the Beast is an instructive fairy tale that has a lot to say about our psychological reality.

Beauty is a “strange girl”, as her peers say. She’s always with an open book in her hands that makes her imagination fly and see other places, people, and marvels. She is as sensitive to this “other world”, which we can only call the “inner world”, as she is indifferent to the outside and its glamour.

Who would Beauty be today? A girl who likes to read and doesn’t fit in her group of classmates, who has a critical vision of Disney Channel and its stars. Someone who doesn’t like to spend her days in shopping centers. To the average teens this Beauty would look absurd, most certainly, she would not be considered “normal”. Her parents might even be concerned about her “introversion”, while her peers, mainly girls, would unmercifully bully her, for her being different functions as a smack in their face. Modern Beauty’s behavior would show to her peers that what is so important to them can be seen otherwise. And because the other girls may actually feel that their values are not so real as they think, they need to put down and shut alternative voices, such as Beauty’s. So, let’s (psychologically) kill the different.

In the musical everything shines melody and happiness because we are looking through Beauty’s eyes and are merged in her world and challenges. But from the outside, Beauty’s life would be miserable.

Beauties like this there are many around. They may not be glamorously looking and surely they are not popular. When they are beautiful they might believe they are ugly for this is how the world sees them. They have beauty inside, and often hold it tight to protect it, therefore they are shy, which doesn’t help with their “introversion” and “relationship issues”. These Beauties fight a solitary battle, and feel so desperately alone.

In the fairy tale, Beauty refuses Gaston who is the representation of the system itself. Gaston symbolizes the common mentality and the standard values. He’s the reflection of the average masculine figure in a highly extroverted society. Thus, Gaston and his followers (men and women) are as blind to the inner world as insensitive to other points of view. To them, everything must fit in the established pattern. He wants Beauty not because he loves her, but to conquer and dominate the one to whom he means nothing.

By despising Gaston, Beauty is courageously setting the standards for the life she wants for herself. That’s what any “good girl” in her individuation process do. Beauty wants to be herself and thus it’s crucial that she doesn’t accept Gaston. He tells her that he will make all “her dreams come true”. But which dreams? Whose dreams? Beauty’s inner deep dreams or the collective stereotyped ideals? Gaston, as the expression of masculine banality molded by the unreflective thinking, would actually kill Beauty’s dreams.

Beauty says no to Gaston and meets the Beast. That’s what happens when one denies giving in to the mass media stereotypes. This person will have to face the Beast, the unrefined, grotesque, and scary first step in one’s journey of individuation. The Beast, as the story says, is the other face of the beautiful persona we show off to the world. The Beast is a threaten and a promise. Unused as people are to deal with the wilderness inside, the Beast represents everything has been put aside, shut off, “forgotten” and ignored. Our true potential prince charming. The one that makes us be who we are.

Beauty had dreamed about another life, which is possible, but it doesn’t come for free, there’s a price to pay and a battle to win. Many adolescents happen to have now and then the healthy feeling of refusing the status quo and following their vision. However, fresh and young as they are, and mainly, alone, they don’t have knowledge neither guidance to reach what they want and thus turning their dreams true. As we all know, life is not easy at all. One thing is wishing and idealizing, a totally diverse one is rolling one’s sleeves up and work on it, and guess what, without an instruction manual. This existential dilemma is frequently dragged on for years and years ahead, until people find themselves in their forties realizing that they still didn’t accomplished their dreams.

What’s the path the fairy tales suggests? Introversion, perseverance, acceptance and love.

Beauty is lost in the forest – as any of us would be after refusing Gaston/status quo (“What the heck will I do now?”). She’s alone and scared, and as usual it rains (matching our own tears). She needs a shelter. The forest is the place of the unconsciousness, far from the civilized mind, the ego palace with its comfortable trite reality. In the forest one silences, and observes. Instincts gain strength and are sharpened. It’s time to feel. From the outside, a person in the forest will appear as introverted.

The palace in the forest tells us that there’s something big going on there. The wilderness is fully alive and carries a deep message. The master of this side of the psyche’s world is righteously cursed by a wise witch. He’s the result of a personality excessively opened to the outside ignoring the inside, which is: consciousness, spirituality, ethics, meaning. The vain prince is doomed to die (of course, who wants a bi-dimensional life?) unless he’s able to love and be loved. Such a beautiful curse.

Who can love the ugly, rude and scary Beast? Only someone to whom the average mentality and life style is uglier, ruder and scarier. Beauty. Because what we refuse is utterly unbearable, because the idea of giving up our own personality and uniqueness is worse than dying, we face the Beast. The outside door is shut, it only remains to move on, that is: to go deeper. From the outside, a person in this journey will look much introverted and even depressed. She’ll be like a boat sailing in turbulent waters. She will benefit from qualified tuned help, even though she’s perfectly normal and she’s reacting as expected before what is at stake.

By being available and donating her attention to the situation, for Beauty is completely plugged in the prince’s castle, not having any extra diversion, she finds her way to the Beast’s heart. It’s quicker and easier to solve a case when we are completely dedicated to it. What seemed incomprehensible and frightening, acquires a new face and finally the two love birds are close to break the spell and live happily ever after. From the outside a person looks to have recovered her self esteem and confidence. But the battle is not ended. We still have Gaston to deal with. What shall we do with this guy?

Protect us. The marvelous reality we find in your personal inner journey continues to be invisible to the outside world and, worse, the extroverted and superficial outside fears the mysterious inner side of the psyche. Therefore, once again let’s kill the different. And there it goes Gaston and his followers fulfilled by pious beliefs stuffed between one ego’s sin and another, to eliminate the Beast, that is, the person who dared to carry out her difference.

This last fight of the first scene of the individuation process contributes to its apotheosis and realization. Gaston apparently wins, but he actually frees the Beast. When everything seems to be lost, it’s time for that self esteem and confidence in blossom to show that they are for real. Once again, being positive in one’s home is not enough. The world demands its toll and by doing so it gives us the opportunity to make our inner beauty shine. The transformation is complete, the Beast has left the scene and made room to the Prince. Our future is now available to us. We have our own mind and project. The path is open, we got married to our own Self.

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How to Choose the Best Gourmet Hamper in Singapore

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Gourmet hampers are the perfect way to gift your loved one or for different occasions. These gifts consist of a combination of your favorite foods like cheeses, chocolate, and other decadents. Many online vendors produce versatile gourmet hampers with different components to suit and enhance your occasion’s experience. Choosing the appropriate one to suit your occasion is usually daunting with the numerous options available. This article outlines the proper guide to selecting the right gourmet hamper.

1. Consider the Person Receiving the Gift

When choosing a gourmet hamper, it’ll be vital to consider the person, either a loved one or a relative receiving the gift hamper. Remember that a suitable and jaw-dropping gourmet hamper comes with various components, like nuts, cheeses, chocolates, and many other decadents. Importantly, choose a hamper with the components that the individual loves. For instance, gourmet hampers with a lot of cheese and chocolate will suit most chocolate enthusiasts.

2. Check the Delivery

The delivery is an essential consideration when checking the appropriate gourmet hamper in Singapore. You can consider the delivery system, the cost, and the duration the vendor takes to deliver these hampers. Essentially, choose one that the vendor has a cost-effective and reliable delivery mode. A faster and more reliable delivery will be imperative to prevent any inconveniences that may result after purchasing your hamper.

3. Consider a Reputable Vendor

When looking for a gourmet hamper in Singapore, numerous vendors (online and physical) offer varying types. Before purchasing these hampers, it’ll be essential to consider choosing the right vendor for your supply. You can check at https://bearloonsg.com/hamper/to get the right one from the wide variety available. The vendors should have a wide range of products you can choose from, a secure and reliable payment system. Choosing a reputable and dependable vendor guarantees high-quality hampers.

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4. Consider the Gourmet Hamper’s Cost

Cost is an essential factor when looking for the right gourmet hamper. These products come at varying prices due to the different qualities and components in the basket. Before choosing the appropriate option, it’ll be wise to consider the one coming at an affordable rate. You can compare the options from different vendors and sites to choose those that suit your needs. Nevertheless, ensure that the lower price doesn’t entice you into purchasing lower-quality products.

5. Consider the Theme of your Occasion

Gourmet hampers come in different sizes and highlight products that suit different occasions. When choosing a suitable hamper for your needs, it’ll be essential to consider one that suits your needs. Furthermore, you can consider the customizable ones to suit your events like birthdays, valentines, etc. For example, if you want to enjoy or light up your valentine’s day, you can consider gourmet with components reflecting a romantic theme.

Wrapping Up

Gourmet hampers are the appropriate gift for your loved one, or you can use them to light up your occasion. Nonetheless, it’s usually daunting to choose the right one for your occasion with the vendors offering a wide range of varieties. Considering your occasion’s theme, the person you’re gifting, the vendor or supplier, and the price will help you get the suitable one.

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Acne-Prone Skin: The Best Face Serums

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Acne-prone skin needs high maintenance. If you have acne-prone skin, you must know how hard it is to take care of acne-prone skin. You can’t just buy some random product and start using them. You have to take care of every effect and ingredient of the product.

Acne-prone skin faces many skin issues, but a serum can prevent you from all these unnecessary troubles. You have to choose a serum that is hydrating and exfoliating. To get flawless and non-greasy skin, you should use face serum from shop.recodestudios.com.

Here we will guide you on choosing the suitable face serum for your acne-prone skin. Let’s find out the best ingredient for face serum.

What’s an acne-prone skin serum contain

If you choose an acne-prone skin serum, you must know what ingredient it contains. A good acne-prone serum has some common elements. So before buying a serum, look for these ingredients.

  1. Salicylic acid

Salicylic acid is the common element that we can find in all acne-prone skin products. It is known as beta hydroxy acid. The main work of salicylic acid is to remove dead cells and exfoliate the face. This also helps in clogging your pores.

  1. Alpha hydroxy acid

You can find AHA in all the acne-prone serums. The main work of AHA is to remove dead cells. It also helps in reducing inflammation. By using AHA serum, you can see improvement in pimple scars.

  1. Sulphur 

You can find sulfur combined with benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid. It helps in removing the dead skin cells that can clog your pores. You can see more minor breakouts after using the sulfur base product because they can remove the excess oil from the face, which is the breakout.

  1. Vitamin C

One of the most common serum ingredients is vitamin C. You can never go wrong with vitamin c serum. It has anti-inflammatory properties. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that helps in reducing the redness of the face in acne-prone skin.

  1. Tea tree oil

It is one of the known essential oils made of leaves of tea trees. The tea tree works slowly and gives results after some time. You can also use pure tea tree if you have acne-prone skin.

How to choose the right ance prone skin serum

Before choosing a suitable acne-prone skin serum, you need to consider some facts.

  1. Look for ingredient 

Before buying acne-prone serum, scan the ingredient list. It would be best if you looked for a serum that contains salicylic acid, AHA, niacinamide, retinol, and zinc. We explain earlier about all these ingredients. Also, check soothing ingredients like aloe vera.

  1. Avoid the specific ingredient

You should avoid some harmful ingredients before choosing a serum.

  1. The serum doesn’t contain harsh chemical
  2. Don’t have any seed-derived oils
  3. Free of alcohol and sulfate
  4. Check review

Before buying the product, always look for reviews. The review gives a clear idea of whether you should buy the product or not.

These are some essential tips you have to follow before buying an acne-prone skin serum.

Conclusion 

It is tough to handle acne-prone skin. You will often face breakouts and pimples when you have oily skin. So to remove all the excess oil and pimple scar, we suggest you use a serum. Here we explain everything you need to consider before buying a serum.

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Bikini Cuts & Styles: What’s Right for You?

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Every person has a unique body shape and size, so why should you wear the same bikini as everyone else? Many designers and brands have caught on to the fact that women want to highlight their individuality and flatter their best assets, so now they’re developing styles for every body type and size. While you might already know which bikinis are best for you, there are so many new styles out there, it might be time to discover new shapes that could be even better! 

This overview explores some common body types and the best bikinis to make them pop. Read on here to find a few more pieces for your bathing suit collection!

  • Smaller Chest

Finding a sexy bikini means working with what you’ve got. Regardless of what social media tells you is attractive, you can still highlight your features to look their best, even if you feel like you could use more (or less) in any particular department.

For women who have a smaller bust, you may want to explore bathing suit options with embellishments, prints, and details to accentuate the top of the bikini. These create the illusion of a larger chest and balance out your hips if you’re curvier down below. You may also want to shop bathing suit tops with extra padding or a push up design to create curves where you feel they’re lacking.

  • Bigger Chest

You probably already know that the string bikini is not your friend. Tiny strands are simply not made to hold up those glorious orbs of goodness! To ensure your chest is completely supported and your breasts stay in place, explore bikinis with underwire and thick straps. Double-stitching on the bands also means your bathing suit can handle more weight.

Thick halter bikini tops, bra-style tops, molded cups, and high backs are all going to make a huge difference in how the ladies are sitting.

  • Broad Shoulders

If your shoulders are broader than your hips, you want to find balance in your bathing suit. One tactic that may work for you is choosing solid colored bikinis, or a monokini with side paneling, that helps create the illusion of an hourglass figure. A cinched, high-waisted bottom literally pulls in your waist to develop more curves in your hips and draws the eye to your middle. An asymmetrical neckline is also a great way to cut up a boxy shape and introduce more curves.

  • Flatter Booty

Similar to resolving a smaller chest, a small booty can be easily enhanced with some frills and ruching on your bikini bottom. You should also explore bottoms in bright colors and loud patterns. These two strategies provide the illusion of a bigger behind and distract from a flat tush. Flat butts also do well in cheeky bottoms and micro bikini options because the higher cut creates what isn’t actually there.

  • Larger Booty

An ample backside means string bikinis and high-cut bottoms are uncomfortable and way too revealing. Don’t force yourself into these styles for the sake of the ‘Gram. Instead, choose cuts that accentuate your butt without cutting off circulation around your hips and thighs! Suits with extra fabric mean you’re never picking out a wedgie, while thong bikinis bare it all without digging in at all the wrong places. Either style is a great choice to show off what your mama gave you; it’s all down to your preference of how much you want to share!

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  • Stick Straight

Whether you’ve been described as athletic or as a stick, you’ve got a rectangle body type with minimal curves. Take back your sexiness when you choose bathing suits that show off those taut abs and jutting collarbone! You can play up the athleticism with bandeau tops and boy-cut briefs, or you can try for an hour-glass illusion with padded pushups and ruffled bottoms. Experiment with both styles to see what you love instead of fitting yourself into a box of what everyone else thinks is sexy!

  • Tummy Pooch

Anyone with a uterus has a little bit of that front pooch – it’s part of being a woman! So, unless you’ve got a personal trainer and private chef keeping your abs flat as an ironing board, you might find yourself feeling self-conscious when compared to Insta models and Victoria’s Secret Angels.

First, you don’t have to feel like you need to hide that tummy pooch, but if you do want to smooth it out, you have options. High-waisted bikinis are the perfect way to get the shapewear feel in a bathing suit. You can also opt for monokinis with cutouts that highlight a plunging neckline and tight waist to keep the focus away from your tummy and hips.

Wear What You Want

At the end of the day, fashion and sexiness are social constructs that evolve with the times. It doesn’t matter how your body looks in a bathing suit as long as you’re happy with what you see in the mirror. Accent your assets, show everything off, or hide it all – whatever feels right to you!

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