1. A Different Approach to Help Teen Girls Gain High Self-Esteem:
What makes the self-help book “Aloha Self-Esteem?” different from other self-help books? It’s written as a fictional love story. Created specifically for teen girls, the novel provides ways to help increase self-esteem and gain self-confidence. Despite the pressures society places on women and teenage girls to look perfect, Jennifer Gonzalez, the main character in the novel, navigates her way through the ups and downs of gaining high self-esteem as she comes into her own and tries to find love. But why a love story? In our interview, find out why the author, Alicia Emamdee, decided to go the route of a young adult romance vs. the traditional, nonfiction self-help avenue.
2. Self-Esteem for Teen Girls in Today’s World:
The rigid and unrealistic beauty standards of today’s world can make teen girls feel insecure and unsure of themselves leading some to take drastic measures to live up to those standards, including but not limited to, excessive exercise and unhealthy dieting and plastic surgery, such as breast augmentation and rhinoplasty, as well as using fillers and injections to enhance their looks. These unrealistic standards have also been linked to the development of eating disorders and body dysmorphia in teen girls. So how does one address such rigid standards of beauty? We take a look at how the novel “Aloha Self-Esteem?” by Alicia Emamdee confronts such issues by providing ways for teen girls to increase their self-esteem and gain self-confidence.
3. Effective Tools for Teen Girls to Gain High Self-Esteem:
As girls get into their teen years, low self-esteem increases as they feel more and more pressure to live up to our society's rigid standards of beauty. Alicia Emamdee suffered with low self-esteem as a teen girl and as a woman in her 20s and early 30s, but that all changed when she decided to improve her self-esteem. With a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling and over eight years experience working with children and adolescents, in her novel “Aloha Self-Esteem?” for teen girls, Alicia provides effective ways for gaining high self-esteem and self-confidence and discusses many of the tools she utilized to do the same for herself.
-Sample Interview Questions:
*How do you see yourself as an author?
*What made you decide to write a book on self-esteem for teen girls?
*What makes your self-help book from different from others?
*Why did you write the book as a love story?
*The story is told from the main character’s point of view. Why did you write the book from a 15 year old girl’s perspective?
*The book discusses photoshopping of models, actresses, etc., in magazines and the like. How do you think this has influenced the self-esteem of teen girls?
*The topic of the sexualization of women in the media is touched upon in the book. How do you think this has influenced our society? Our views on women?
*The novel mentions the beauty standards of our society. How have these standards affected the self-esteem of teen girls?
*You discuss different ways to improve self-esteem. Which do you think is the most effective?
*In the book, why do you change the word “affirmations” to “assertions?”
*During the group meeting, the therapist mentions the beauty industry. How has this industry affected the self-esteem of teen girls?
*Why do you discuss different beauty standards found throughout the world and throughout history?
*You mention plastic surgery, excessive dieting and exercise, and the idea that they are only temporary fixes to feeling better about yourself. Why do you think they are only temporary?
*As one of the ways to help improve your self-esteem, you talk about taking care of your body. Why is that important?