Dr. Vivian Diller Examines The New Beauty Paradox
Vivian Diller is one of 20 smart amazing co-authors of our new book, Leading Women: 20 Successful Women Share Their Secrets to Leadership, Business, and Life. As a former ballet dancer and Wilhelmina model, this licensed psychologist tells you how to detoxify messages about youth and beauty. …read her bio
Vivian’s Chapter Shows Keys to Power of Attractiveness
The New Beauty Paradox
Women who fought for equality feel confused when they feel badly about their aging appearance, Vivian explains. Women need to talk openly about those feelings. She explains research that shows we are hard-wired to appreciate beauty. However, it’s also true that how we behave influences how attractive people find us to be. She explains the importance of integrating our inner truth with our outer reality.
“Attractiveness is about what is outside and inside, and what counts most is connecting the two.” ~Vivian Diller
About Vivian Diller
Vivian Diller, Ph.D., is a psychologist in private practice in New York. Before receiving her doctorate, Vivian danced professionally with the Cincinnati Ballet company and was a Wilhelmina model. She received her Ph.D. from Albert Einstein College of Medicine, interned at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital and completed Postdoctoral Training in Psychoanalysis at N.Y.U. For over twenty years, Dr. Diller has researched the psychology of aging in contemporary culture, with a specific interest in women’s self image as they age. Her book, written with Michele Willens, Face It: What Women Really Feel as Their Looks Change, is now in paperback and translated around the world. Vivian has a column online at Huffington Post and Psychology Today and serves as a regular media expert about lifestyle issues on TV, radio and the internet. She consults for health and beauty companies, including Estee Lauder, P&G, Unilever and Kimberly-Clark. Vivian is married to John Jacobs, M.D. with whom she shares four children and two grandchildren.
Michele Willens is a journalist, author and playwright who coined the term “tweens” for the New York Times. She is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post, The Atlantic and The Daily Beast and edited FACE IT: What Women Really Feel As Their Looks Change. Her most recent theatrical piece was “Waiting For Dr. Hoffman,” a one act about four women who meet in the waiting room of a cosmetic surgeon’s office. She is married, has two children, and lives in New York City.