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ALERT: Low Self-Esteem!!

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Allow me to vent for a few moments to publishers and authors. If you want someone to read your books, don’t make the covers so embarrassing.

Let me explain.

Last month, my therapist handed me the book “Breaking the Chain of Low Self-Esteem.” He wants me to read it. Anyone that knows me knows that I can read really quickly but I prefer to take my books with me when I go out so I can read any chance I get. With this book, there is no option to do that unless I am perfectly comfortable with feeling as if I am being judged.

Let’s be clear. I have low self-esteem. I am NOT okay with feeling like I am being judged!

What stupid publisher (I know but I’m going to make you work for it) would say, “We have a book about low self-esteem. We should slap a bright red cover on the book with the title of the book so clearly that it looks like it is a neon sign!?!?”

I know that I need to work on my self-esteem. I get it. But, reading a book in public with a bright red cover announcing to the world that I need to work on my self-esteem is a bit much.

Thanks but no thanks.

I am off to find a self-help book with a cover with a fake title (something like “Most Intelligent Thing Ever Written” or “Idioms of Science” or “Andi is Beautiful”)—something that will help me feel better about myself as I read it in public and have people look and me and think, “Wow! That gal is smart!” or “That gal is beautiful!”

Perhaps this exercise in realizing the stupidity of the choices of some people and companies is the first lesson in raising my self-esteem. Heck—I know, given the chance, I could come up with a better cover for this book. Looks like my therapist won—I just said something nice about myself!

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About Andi

I'm just a girl trying to find her way through the big bad world that is reality. If you would have met me a few years ago, you would have said that I needed a dose of reality (I was all "sunshine, lollipops and rainbows"). Now, you would probably say that I'm a little cynical but, overall, still optimistic. I'm a professor in Pennsylvania and I love teaching. The meetings and bureaucracy of working in higher education-- not so much. I feel like I've spent the past couple of years waiting for something big to happen. I'm done waiting. I'm ready to try to make my "something big" happen. Thankfully I have friends like Roya and a great family to laugh with me (and yell at me) from time to time to keep me on track.

2 responses »

  1. Two words: dust jacket.

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