Wednesday, November 14, 2007

How did the reading go? I honestly can't tell.

And this article from the Chronicle for Higher Education explains why not:

"It's like we have this trick scale... Here's how that scale works: Self-doubt and negative feedback weigh heavily on the mind, but praise barely registers. You attribute your failures to a stable, inner core of ineptness. Meanwhile, you discount your successes as accidental or, worse, as just so many confidence jobs. Every positive is a false positive."

And the worst part is? It's annoying. I become annoying, socially inept. I can't trust praise. I can't trust people. And so I end up this stuttering misanthrope, rushing out the backdoor after I'm done reading, afraid to confront, or even acknowledge, my audience.

Stupid cat germs.


seester said...


I like the quote, though, and I think it's applicable to other aspects of life as is the urge to sneak out the back door while no one is looking.

I lurv you seester. I'm sure you were wonderful.

momeester said...

We ask parents to evaluate each semster of story times. I, of course, read all the evaluation. I nurse all the negative remarks. I study over anything that is less than positive. I dream about them. When I enter all the data in the spreadsheet I am amazed at how many people love story time.

I know you were wonderful. They asked you to read didn't they, they know your work. Trust your voice

Oh wow! if you keep hitting return you can type more!!!

I love you and your pootie sister too!

seester said...

Ok. We went through this. If you can't call me Pootie in the mall, you can't call me Pootie on a blog.

Can't a gal have a secret identity anymore? Man, the blogosphere is a dangerous place.


Tricia said...

I bet you were great! I have to sing a solo in a couple weeks and I am quaking in my boots.

BTW, Hi, Pootie! :)

seester said...

Mom!!! Gah!

Someone needs to figure out how to spell a three-syllable "mom." I just couldn't get it to look right, but it's definitely called for!

Hi, Tricia.

momeester said...

All right already. Can the blag owner delete a comment?
Mo-ah om
Ma-aa am
Oh, Mother

Nora said...

Testing editing function.