After working with groups in 1960s and 1970s, women began to turn inward in 1980s. They began to look inside to see who they were without their labels and support groups. They began to indulge themselves, pamper themselves, and and focus on themselves without listening to needy voices of others. Lasch’s Culture of Narcissism stated that American women became self-absorbed in the 1980s, not because of conceit but because of insecurity. American women became consumed with self-doubt, self-loathing, and obsessed with competing with others for approval and acclaim. (Anyone remember Buns of Steel?) The theme was if you truly loved yourself, you had to aspire to the privileged ideal, self-indulgent world of the rich. “Individual women too often isolated by the pressures of juggling work, relationships, kids, and trying to see a movie more than once a year, were left on their own to arrange their balls neatly in some psychic rack that makes sense for them.”
Women moved from revolution in the 1960s, to involution in 1970s, to narcissism in 1980s, toward personal evolution in the 1990s. “Revolution, involution, narcissism, and evolution are the four stages through which we progress to attain self-esteem and spiritual maturity.” As women evolve into their true selves, they maintain their principles, their dignity, and their faith without compromising. They are taking care of their inner spirituality and their physical environment. They are becoming the people they always thought they could be.
Reference: Douglas, S. (1995) Where the Girls Are: Growing Up Female with the Mass Media. New York: Three Rivers Press
Reference: Myss, C. (1996) Anatomy of the Spirit: The Seven Stages of Power and Healing. New York: Three Rivers Press