07/05/2012 10:53 am ET

Reality Check: Your Love Does Not Necessarily Conquer All

"I have so much love to give."

Few things could be more obvious than to point out that young women are hard on themselves. Self-criticism (often as a device for warding off even harsher critiques from others) is something many girls learn before they become teens. But even as they critique their appearance, their smarts, and their work ethic, there's one attribute these same young women rarely seem to have much trouble praising: their capacity to love.

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