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Friendly Advice from Carolyn Van Wyck



You have so often said to girls who
write you about being self-conscious
and ill-at-ease in the presence of people
they don't know well — "Try to forget
yourself and be interested in others." I'm
quoting that exactly as you wrote it to a
friend of mine who asked you for

That sounds so easy, Mrs. Van
Wyck, but I'm finding it very hard.
Self-consciousness has been my be-
setting sin all through my school life.
Now that I am in my last year at col-
lege I begin to worry about facing the
world without having overcome my
timidity, my childish habit of getting con-
fused, and blushing and stammering when
people speak to me.

I feel I have missed a great deal of the fun
at school because I have always been afraid
of being singled out for attention, of having all
eyes turned toward me. At parties and college
affairs, when the others get up and do silly little
stunts and sing and dance I often long to act
foolish flith the rest. I try to, but the minute
anyone pays special attention to me, then I
can't go on.

I'm really a good "eccentric" dancer. My
sister is a professional dancer and she has
taught me some of her steps. I haven't let
many people know I can dance because I'm
afraid I'll be asked to perform. Of course I
don't mind dancing for a few of the girls I know

What can I ever do to cure myself of getting
"fussed" so easily? I might want to take up
dancing as a profession, or I might want to
teach it, but I would have to learn to be more
poised before I could think of doing either.
Isn't there some system of self-discipline you
can tell me about, some definite rule to follow?

Elise M.

T CAN give you some suggestions, Elise, which
•'- should help you to overcome self-conscious-
ness. The rest is up to you.

First, let's analyze this thing we term "self-
consciousness." Surely it isn't the hint of shy-
ness, the lack of complete assur-
ance, that is youth's great ^
charm. No one would want to
see this disappear too early in

No, it goes deeper than that.
It's everlastingly concentrating
on one's self, on one's real or
fancied shortcomings, in a
miserable, inferiority - complex
sort of way.

During our middle teens
most of us begin to think of
ourselves as separate entities in
a world full of mental giants
and physically perfect
beings. We see everyone
around us through the rose-
colored glasses of youth, but for
some strange reason the glasses
get murky and discolored when
we turn them on ourselves. And
it isn't usually until some of the
rose blush has been rubbed off
the rest of the world that we
are able to dab some of it on
ourselves, and bring ourselves
into a true balance with other

To hasten this readjustment, which lias been
rather slow in your case, Elise, you will have to
be as patient, as kind, as generous \nth your-
self as you would with someone else who
needed your help. You will have to stop con-
demning and blaming yourself, and you will
have to begin a system of self-training.

Several years ago I met a scientist who was
experimenting with television, at a time when
that was only a name — when it hadn't even
approached rcaUty for any except a few re-
search workers. This man explained to me
what he was trying to do, gave me a brief idea
of the wonders that were being unfolded to him

How to Overcome

Is This Montli's Discussion

I WONDER if there is anyone who hasn't, at some time and
under some circumstances, been made tongue-tied and
awkward by a sudden and merciless attack of self-consciousness.
In my answer to Elise I have tried to point out some of the reasons
for self-consciousness, and some of the ways by which it has been

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The girl who casts aside self-
consciousness, who adds her bit
to the give-and-take of con-
versation or to the general en-
tertainment, is welcome in any

each day in his work. And he made
a significant remark, which I often
have cause to remember.
He said: "Look around you, at the
people you meet wherever you go.
Why, they're only half-alive. They
haven't any breadth of vision, any idea of
what is really happening in the world.
They can see only those things that are
right in front of their eyes. Why don't they
wake up, and really live?"
That applies to the girl who is self-conscious.
She is only half-ahve. Her mind travels in a
limited circle — the circle of self and the circle
of her own hmitations. The hne that marks
the circle is purely imaginary, but to her it
seems as impregnable as a buttressed wall. It
binds her whole being, restricts her interests,
warps her outlook on life, makes all her think-
ing introspective.

You, Ehse, have come to the point where you
realize what you are doing to yourself, how you
are depriving yourself of many interesting ex-
periences and much of the joy of U ving, through
your excessive timidity.

When you are introduced to a group of
people for the first time, you probably go
through this sort of conversation with your-

"Oh, I wonder what she thinks of me? Is
my hair tidy? I hope he won't think my dress
is too short. Why didn't I wear the black hat
today instead of this brown one? I'll bet my
nose is shiny. Her father has so much more
money than mine. Oh, my, she's been to
Europe and is so cultured. How can I ever
carry on a conversation with her? I wonder if
he's going to start talking about books. I
haven't read anything new for ages!" And so
on, and so on.

With these thoughts twirling around in your
mind, you murmur a confused
~ acknowledgment of the intro
duction, barely glance at the
people you are meeting, and
having scared yourself more
completely than anyone else
could scare you, you try to
make yourself as inconspicuous
as possible. And by that time
you couldn't make an intelli-
gent or a natural remark to save
your life.

Try this method of meeting
new people. Look right into
the eyes of the person who is
being introduced — not in a
staring way, but in a friendly,
searching way, and ask your-
self: "What sort of person is
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know better?" Instead of
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httle appraising on your own
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By James R. Quirk

Paris, France

I AM witnessing an opera boiiffe
battle here in Paris that would
be amusing if the principal actors
did not play their roles with such
tragic mien and deadly seriousness.

Firmly entrenched in their incom-
petency, French producers of motion
pictures have adopted as their very
own the glorious slogan of their great
army, "They shall not pass."

"N. TO bullets whistle over No Man's Land. No
■^ ^ machine guns rattle. No artillery booms.
But there is much use of smoke screens, stink
bombs, word grenades, and newspaper propa-

The French producers have patriotically
raised the national flag over their studios and
are using their largest megaphones to rally the
people to their cause.

But the people seem utterly lacking in motion
picture patriotism.

They believe in the real thing.

"CVERYBODY is being interviewed on the
-*— 'subject. I felt a little neglected because
they did not get around to me until my second
day in Paris.

Not being acquainted with the terrain and
unaware of what the shooting was all about I
boldly gave out the news that we actually had
talking pictures in the land of prohibition.

Then donning my old reporter's disguise, out-
fit No. 1907, I set out to do a little observing
and interviewing myself.

I took it for granted, having spent
three years in Washington, that
government officials are always too
busy dodging issues to discuss them.

There was no necessity of troubling
the producers themselves.

They were absorbed in waving the
flag and singing the Marseillaise.

And then, too, I had read all they
had to say again and again in their
own newspapers.

TT seems that a wicked and vicious monopoly
-'■in America, headed by an archfiend known as
Will Hays, and with many, many billions of
dollars with which to accomplish its nefarious
purposes, will not permit our folks in Fort
Wayne, San Antonio, New York and w^ay
stations to view the beautiful and artistic efforts
of the cameramen of Nice and Paris, and will
not give the sheik and hot mamma talent of
their studios a chance to show up Jack Gilbert
and Mademoiselle Bow.

TT also seems, paradoxically enough, that the
-*- French people have been so deluded by
certain wily rascals like William Fox, Adolph
Zukor and Joseph Schenck that they are un-
willing to contribute their hard-earned francs
to see French films.

These necromancers are trying to American-
ize France, and the French people are so lacking
in patriotic feeling that they want the Holly-
wood product or practically nothing.

That is about all they will get if the cute
little program of the local talent becomes a law.


THEY want the American producers to buy
one French film for every three or four they
distribute here.

In other words, unable to make pictures with
any entertainment value themselves, they want
the American producers to subsidize, endow,
and otherwise support with beaiiconp d'argent
(meaning heavy dough) the patriotic lads who
have fallen down on the job, but who, neverthe-
less, admit they are the brains of the French
picture business.

It would perhaps be indelicate of me to sug-
gest that there is a possibility that these boys
are in the wrong business, and that there are
undoubtedly other Frenchmen who could learn
to make good pictures.

There are enough Frenchmen in Hollywood
doing it now.

FROM where I sit — outside the Cafe de la
Paix, sipping my aperitif in true Parisian
fashion, and kidding myself that the swell new-
hat and cane I just bought are fooling the other
American tourists — it now looks as though
Demon Hays and his gang of American cut-
throats are very willing to get out of the French
market, and are mostly concerned about what
will happen to certain theaters of theirs if they
cannot get good pictures to draw the crowds.

IN the course of my architectural studies and
my serious business of sampling the local
vintages in a tour of the beautiful chateau
country south of Paris, I took in the motion
picture cathedrals of Tours, Nantes, and other
towns along the route.

I saw French, German and English pictures,
relieved only by one old Reginald Denny sub-

The theaters, judging from the thin audiences,
are not such hot investments. They rank with
second-rate small houses of ten years ago.

Returning to Paris, I attended the Para-
mount Theater, which is conducted in Ameri-
can fashion, and had a grand time until the so-
called feature appeared.

Ho\v good it was to see Mr. Fox's movietone
news reel and the old familiar inkwell comedies
in which clowns flow out of bottles and giraffes
dance the 'Charleston !

THEN the feature. Some dish! It was all
about a serious looking Valentino-type of
Spanish nobleman who got stuck on a Lupe

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