When asked to speak in front of a group, or have our picture taken, or are to be seated in a prominent place we strive to present the most impressive figure we can. We all have images of ourselves that assure us that we look best in certain attire, or in a certain position, or with selected props. This may be true or it may not but we still hold those beliefs to be true none-the-less. Others might find these affectations ludicrous, silly, or wasteful of time, failing to recognize the same tendencies in themselves. Having these tendencies is a good thing for it shows that we have a part of us that we are proud of; it also shows others that we’re proud of ourselves too, and care enough to want to make the best of ourselves that we can. It doesn’t hurt to strive to put some effort into creating a pleasing and comfortable outer-self for encounters which might make you a bit nervous or frightened. Your efforts will be noticed and appreciated since there will be others who have put the same effort and thought into their preparations that you have; they will feel validated and know that their efforts were not wasted upon another or others who did not care enough to prepare themselves or show themselves to their best advantage. If you are going to present yourself or be presented at an occasion, wouldn’t like to have your best side showing?