Saving Face (Part Three)

But in all seriousness, son, the subject of personal appearance can be a touchy subject for many, perhaps even most, people, which is why I keep slipping into a lighthearted tone; it makes talking about the subject a little easier.  I doubt there’s too many people in this world that look at themselves and see themselves simply as they really are.  Even if it’s not by much, the tendency seems to be for people to exaggerate some things they see in themselves, and completely overlook other things.  They do this with both the good and the bad, but for whatever reason, most people seem to favor exaggerating the bad and overlooking the good.  I’m not really sure why this is.

But I have my suspicions.

Regardless, something I do know is that I’m not immune to this effect myself, though I flatter myself that I mostly manage to keep the distortions in my self-image relatively minor.  For instance, by the time you read this, I don’t know if my hair will still be as long as it is now, but even if it’s not, you’ll almost certainly have seen pictures (despite my best efforts to avoid them).  Want to know a secret?  One of the reasons I originally let my hair grow was so that it covered my ears so they wouldn’t show because I didn’t like the way they looked.

Silly, huh?


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