Coaching Blog 29: Samantha Brick and Lake Wobegon

People, people, people, Samantha Brick lives on Lake Wobegon……. and let’s leave her there.

Ok, life’s a struggle for her because random men pronounce themselves stunned by her beauty; she cannot drink all of the bottles of champagne sent in her direction by men who are charmed and cheered by her loveliness; if she were a normal woman her biceps would be the size of cantaloupe melons, deformed by having to carry the numerous bunches of flowers thrust at her as she attempts to walk from A to B and  (oh my God … the horror) she has never been asked to be a bridesmaid by her jealous friends.

But let’s be honest – if she were 6 we wouldn’t care. In fact, if she were your 6 year old daughter you would be slightly pleased; you’d think ‘job well done, she’s going to be a self-assured, self-confident woman and I am so proud.’ Unfortunately, what may be charming in a 6 year old, is slightly odd in an adult who (I know how this makes me sound) is not beautiful. She’s not ugly (no-one is), but I can’t match the words that she’s written about her gorgeousness to the photograph of her face.

However, I don’t think it fair to join in with the countless criticism sent to her. Instead, I think she should be applauded as she’s sneakily attempting to inform the readers of the Daily Mail of a psychological theory known as the Lake Wobegon Effect. (Maybe she has a nephew approaching A’Levels this summer and is sneaking in a bit of subliminal revision for him.)

Garrison Keillor wrote about a fictional town where ‘all the women are strong, all the men are good looking and all the children are above average’ and that town has been used to describe the habit some of us have of believing we are superior to others:

-          we look better

-          we dress better

-          we drive better

-          we think better

-          we have better children

which in turn allows us to think we can drink what we want and not get cirrhosis of the liver; smoke without getting cancer; turn up for a meeting without doing enough preparation. (You know I’m going to talk about this in a later blog.)

I for one believe any woman who is prepared to subject herself to ridicule in the name of increasing our knowledge of psychological theory should be applauded. (Listen out for Simon Cowell sneaking in a reference to the Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis on Britain’s Got Talent this Saturday …………..)

 

 

 

 

 

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