The pictures are everywhere: Britney Spears shaving her own head. At the young age of 25, she's famous, wealthy, accomplished in the music industry, twice divorced and the mother of two young children. Lately, she's raised eyebrows with her questionable fashion choices, missing panties and inelegant photographs, and constant clubbing. She now seems to be flirting with rehab, which means she may not be honestly in touch with the gravity of her situation.
We all surmise she's lost, out-of-control, and in need of real and serious help. But there's still the question of why Britney would shave her head, what the significance or motivation behind such a decision might be.
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In this brief editorial, one therapist suggests it's an act of rebellion against her mother and management, after over a decade of control:
And Britney has the biggest job of all, she needs to learn to love life again. This is a massive act of rebellion and if it isn’t caused by the puppeteered life she has had, then you can bet your bottom dollar that she is wanting to escape, to break out of the body of Britney. The trouble with the act she has made is that is that the real problems are only ever within, that is the place where there work must be done.
And in this longer article, psychoanalyst Bethany Marshall delves into the ways in which Britney may be acting out because she hasn't developed the skills to express herself in healthy, assertive ways:
"This is a major form of acting out," she said. "She's not using words and language as a way to express what's going on. She's doing things — the crotch shots, shaving her head, the tattoos. It says that she hasn't learned to assert herself and become independent through self assertion rather than through acting out.
"The hair represents the stylists, the handlers, people who are in control of her life and manage her looks," Marshall added. "Now she's saying, I'm in charge of my looks."
Marshall also suspects that the shearing and the tattoos could have been Britney's rebellion against the insistence she go to rehab. Sadly, she may have left in order to assert personal control of her life. Marshall also suggests that "psychotherapy would be the best thing for her," and hopes Britney will "seek therapy, have her own autonomous life . . . step out of the limelight for a while."
Things can only get better or worse for Britney. We here at DearSugar hope she puts down the scissors and grabs the chance to become an independent, responsible, and self-aware woman. Then she can shave her head again, just because she wants to.