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Therapist for Perfectionists in a Social Media Filled World

by Mar 25, 2024Resilience

If you have kids – or if you’re a young adult that grew up in the social media age – then you are probably familiar with many of the risks associated with social media use. Social media tends to cause us to feel depressed and anxious, seeking out “likes” and approval and believing that we are worse than others we see that seem to be living better lives.

We could speak at length about some of the many ways that social media can be harmful to one’s mental health and why, but today, let’s look at one of the mental health issues caused by social media that we do not often speak about: perfectionism, and how it can affect anyone – even those that do not use social media often.

Our Best Lives

Social media is a place where many people share photos of themselves, places they go, and other pictures that they feel represent them, provide information that they believe helps them keep in touch with others, and, in some cases, generates approval.

The more public we are, however, the more that we know – both consciously and subconsciously – that not everyone viewing these images has our best interests at heart, nor is close enough to you to see your true self. There is a reason we don’t typically post photos of us crying, sick, or messy. We only share that information with our closest of close friends, if at all. For everyone else, the goal is to share the positive things.

But in order to do that, we have to think and overthink everything we post. “Does this photo of me look good?” is question that even minimal social media users ask themselves. Then, we look at the interactions, which can sometimes determine whether or not we feel we were right. Even photos of food, or photos of vacations, or photos with a family, are all put through this filter.

Why does this matter?

The more we are critical about our lives, and the harsher we are in determining what to post, the more we:

  • Notice problems that no one else will see.
  • Imagine negative reactions that people are unlikely to give.
  • View our lives differently, as though something has to be perfect to be share worthy.

This combination is why many people that post on social media, even those that do not post that often (but especially those that do) end up developing issues around perfectionism. They begin to see themselves and their lives through this view, not only online but offline as well, looking to make sure that they are always “share worthy” and determining value based on how they imagine others will perceive them.

Perfectionism is an overwhelming trait. It can lead to issues not only with life satisfaction, but also anxiety, depression, disordered eating, and beyond.

If you feel like you’re struggling as a result of social media, or someone you love is showing signs of perfectionism, reach out to Long Island Psychology, today.

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Long Island Psychology specializes in providing mental health treatments to adults of all ages that need help overcoming their mental health struggles. We are able to work with patients that are experiencing pain and provide appropriate mental health solutions based on your symptoms and experiences. Contact us today to get started.

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