I think all kids should get a free fashion consultation if they have no idea how to dress themselves--can this be provided at junior high or high school??? Maybe part of health class? Jennifer didn't want to be a fashion plate--but she could have used some help with what to wear to flatter her figure, what colors went with her skin and what hairstyle went with her face shape. The sad thing is that Jennifer could have been a cute teenager--she just needed a leg up!
Fear of writing! Seriously?
Actually, Jennifer suffered from perfectionism. People with a fear of spiders, don't play with spiders--EVER. Jennifer wasn't afraid to write, she wrote all the time, she still writes! She went on to major in English Literature because she wanted a major that included a lot of reading and writing!!!
How confused she was! She had no clue how to dress herself, how to act around her peers, how to get along with her step-family or that her perfectionism disabled her ability to finish a story. When she was writing for an end purpose--she panicked about the quality of her work. But did Jennifer fear writing? Absolutely not--she clung to it for dear life!
She's also trying to find meaning in her life. It's interesting how different people find meaning. Jennifer didn't have religion to shape her views. Her family was busy working and paying bills. The bills seemed to make all their decisions for them. They either did or did not have the money to do anything. Jennifer tried to find her way by distilling all meaning out of life. She related more to animals. She tried to take all importance out of money, sex and relationships and boil them down to the animal level. It made sense to her, but also drove her crazy. She was too sensitive to believe that nothing mattered. That is a recipe for depression if I ever saw one!
Jennifer is slipping into a depression that will only be getting worse.....