Our expert says:
I hear your point of view, and disagree. And we must be cautious about assuming that we know tjhat someone else needs help even in ways they don't express or say themselves. She is assuming that pedicure. manicure,etc. are totally life or death essentials if one is to attend a wedding. If the wedding is tomorrow, it's a bit late to back out, but she could have done easily, with many varied excuses, in time to enable her friend to invite someone else --- her own late invitation may have been because somebody ELSE backed out rather late.
Maybe her obsession with makeup etc is a form of hiding from reality behind a mask --- maybe not. We don't jump to conclusions, and expect people to say what they mean and ask what they really want to ask.
She may indeed have problems of low self-esteem, etc., which would benefit from CBT --- but it may be hard for her to afford that right now. It'd be better expenditure of scarce funds than pedicures.
The passion and elopquence with which you advance this particular theory suggests you may have visited that very territory some time in the past.
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