Please welcome back guest blogger Michelle Dabach, MA, MFT, of the Roanne Program in Southern California.
You have to admit, you are not the same person online that you are in person. Online, you’re courageous, more confident, and you have an opinion that you don’t second guess. You might be more or less confrontational, you’re successful, happy. You and everything about your online personality is perfect. School is great, your job is amazing, and life is grand.
In reality, your life is a bit messier. School is hard, and you might be struggling to pay your tuition. Your roommate gets on your nerves, and that picture you posted of your perfectly decorated apartment was a one-off or, forget the apartment, you’re living at home with your parents and trying to pass the space off as your own! You’re definitely not as put together in real life (IRL) as you make yourself out to be on your social media streams. And, you’re not alone.
J.W. concurs: “Most times tho i try to show i am ok & fighting like H*** to persevere with my illness, when all i want to do is really …. [the opposite frown emoticon] Feeling like i still have this “mask” to show at times….& not show others how frustrated & sad & empty i really feel inside most times.”