As abuse victims, it is not uncommon for us to despise ourselves. Whether physically, emotionally, or sexually abused and/or neglected as children or battered as adults, we are likely to have concluded on a visceral level that we are unfit, undeserving of love and affection.
Ugly and Bad
Young children equate ugliness with evil. The two are for them one and the same, which is what makes ugliness so frightening to children. The Wicked Stepmother needs daily confirmation of her good looks from a magic mirror. Snow White has no such insecurities. Snow White’s goodness informs her good looks, and vice versa.
Children who are physically or emotionally abused may draw the conclusion they are ugly — inside and out. Believing themselves “responsible” for the abuse to which they are subjected, children may conclude that they are being punished deservedly, as both ugly and bad.
The Monsters Inc. and Shrek series…
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