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  1. Kids on the block
  2. Saving faces
  3. The life and times of Frida Kahlo
  4. The role of conscious thought in the development of the individual
  5. Conclusion

Almost the exact opposite of what The Life and Times of Frida Kahlo represented, this show represented how children should act. They should be open, accepting of their peers, seeking what is on the inside versus what is on the outside. Unlike Saving Faces, it downplayed the role of physical appearance in personal identity, but also unlike The Life and Times of Frida Kahlo, it is a strict example of correct social development, and plays up the role of social interactions in development, which can be understood since the audience would consist of younger children who are not quite at a point yet to take true conscious control of their development.

[...] But she chose the person she saw when she looked in the window. She was not some byproduct of unconscious drives. While cognitive psychologists believe that behavior is designed to achieve a state of mental equilibrium, that when trauma causes disequilibrium the mind searches only to return to its original state, Frida lived for that imbalanced existence, feeding disequilibrium with only more disequilibrium. Her art, her therapy, rarely made her feel any better. On the other hand, the Saving Faces exhibit portrays individuals who, unable to cope with disfigurement, seek operations to save normality. [...]


[...] In conclusion, it is obvious that no one developmental theory explains all. If anything, the surface of understanding humanity can only be scratched with the aide of all theories. Yet at the same time, almost every developmental theory seems to lack acknowledgment of the role of conscious thought in development, condemning individuals to a pre-planned life either as healthy members of society or failures. But the truth is, both outcomes are choices left solely to the individual, as are the infinite possibilities in-between. [...]

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