Caroline B Cooney Among Friends Analysis

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Carol Fabian English 11 Ms. Pattermann December 15, 2008 Self-perception “I like to be good. Wrong. I like to be terrific. Wrong. I have to be Terrific” (Cooney 15). The way people are perceived has a great impact on how humanity is defined. People have to comprehend and believe in the role that they play in society. Being content with the way a person is helps them live a better life. In the book, Among Friends, Caroline B. Cooney shows how self-perception affects a teenager’s life. Self-perception plays an important role in your life; it is a way of understanding oneself, character, abilities, and motives. The people that surround us can affect the way we see ourselves. Family has a strong importance on self-perception…show more content…
Since the media stresses that everyone should be thin people think that they also need to be like that (Kowalski 1). It can cause people to stop eating and make them get an eating disorder (1). It also lowers their self-esteem. Also if you do not interact with other people it can make you feel depressed or lonely. This was Jennie’s case she did not have any friends because they were all jealous of her (Cooney 104). She got depressed and could not take it anymore which led her to runaway (72). In order for not letting people affect us we need to have confidence in…show more content…
The people that surround us have a greater effect on our self-perception than we think. By understanding our personality we can learn to accept who we are. Being happy with yourself helps you live a healthier lifestyle. In Among Friends, Jennie went through many things because she never showed her true self. Once she did people learned to accept her because they could see the difference. With this in mind, hiding your true self will just lead to negative things and an unhappy life. Why hide, and pretend to be something you are not when you can just be yourself! In the end there is no one else exactly like
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