It depends. I don't want women to have a distorted negative image of themselves, of course. But let's face it--we all have flaws, mentally, behaviorally, physically, and if it's something we have the power to change, then recognizing it for what it is is crucial.
A few years ago, when my "baby" was almost 4, I finally stopped saying I was carrying baby weight, or that I just have a slow metabolism, or that I didn't have time to work out, or that I wasn't really THAT heavy compared to other people...I owned it. I was overweight by quite a bit and when I stopped deceiving myself about it and just faced up to the fact that I was fat because I wasn't willing to do the work to beat, then I was able to do something about it. So I believe that realistically evaluating ourselves--even negatively--is an important part of personal growth.
I'm sure this isn't what you meant, but now that I typed it all out, I'm posting it, darnit.
at 7:59 AM on Apr. 7, 2011