新视野大学英语句子解析 第1册 Unit 10A:Language Point 32
Language Point 32
...rely on external factors - their looks or status - in order to feel good about themselves. (Para. 12)
external: a. 1. (figurative) easily seen but not essential; on the surface
Going to church seems like an external act of praise.
the external layer of skin皮肤的表层
external air 外部的空气
This material is good for the house to keep out external heat.
Many external factors affect the market in this country.
Externally he appears really calm, but on the inside he is as worried as anyone else is.
feel good: feel happy, confident, pleased with oneself
I feel good when I'm singing. 我唱歌时感觉很好。
Some people give money to the poor not so much because they are concerned about doing good, but because it makes them feel good.