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I am fascinated with the psychology behind "Extreme Makeover" and other similar programs. The appeals from the participants are always highly emotional, and seem to reflect the belief that they can change their unhappy lives by altering their appearance. The "miracle" process seems unbelieveably brutal and sadistic, and (with the exception of "The Swan") does not include any counseling to assist the participants in adjusting to their newly-transformed selves. I wonder if the after-effects are similar to those experienced by lottery winners: six months of improved mood, then back to their emotional set-point? What does everyone else think about this method of gaining self-acceptance?
i think it's terrible. it's just a temporary fix for a problem that just can't be fixed like this. they'll probably end up regretting it in the long term or just grow unhappy with some other aspect of their lives.
sometimes it helps - like reconstructive surgery helping a burn victim. that's a whole different story though.
i suppose if people truly believe it can help then it can... but i can't agree with it.