Researchers from La Trobe University in Australia are seeking to correlate a link between a woman’s self-esteem and body image and her partner’s opinions.
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Basically, researchers are going to explore how couples discuss the woman’s appearance and achievements and how she feels about herself. Good enough. There are two theories on this: 1) Women are happiest when they get positive feedback irrespective of how they view things. 2) Women prefer having their own beliefs validated even if theses beliefs are negative.
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So it’s the Homer Simpson theory versus the Liz Lemon theory. Simpson says “When it comes to compliments, women are ravenous blood-sucking monsters always wanting more . . . more . . . MORE! And if you give it to them, you'll get plenty back in return.” And Lemon’s theory is that there are two kinds of women with low self-esteem. One responds to negativity by eating and the other responds with aggressive, passionless sex. Which really isn’t like the second theory at all. This is what you get when you take love and relationship advice from TV characters. And for the record the character Jenna Maroney is the second kind of crazy. Which Kenneth Parcell found out the hard way. And now they have to get married. We’ll keep you posted on this. Our guess is that it’s going to turn out that some portion of the surveyed women like having their opinions confirmed and some portion dig optimism.