Body Image Part 2

by Alicia Capellan

I find it absolutely crazy that in our society we would still judge others on the size of their stomachs, flat or not, the amount of make up, lack of ‘trying’, style, clothing, hair etc. Of course, the feeling of getting complimented for our external features is great. But, why can’t we, in our society, send praise to those who do good things in the community or express to one another about how their energy brought happiness and joy during the day when they needed it the most? Somehow, we still live in a world where we hide ourselves behind the camera, telling the world that we are "living our best life." Just many times did you take that picture until you found the right angle in the bathroom at the Cheesecake Factory??


One of the cases that I find interesting is those who could possibly have narcissistic personality disorder. This really is a thing, and has been, for quite sometime now. I am not trying to talk negative about people who may seem this way. Some may fall into it without knowing because it is just the norm now- taking endless amounts of pictures of yourself or with your friends. Narcissistic personality disorder "is a mental condition in which people have an inflated sense of their own importance, a deep need for excessive attention and admiration, troubled relationships, and a lack of empathy for others. But behind this mask of extreme confidence lies a fragile self-esteem that's vulnerable to the slightest criticism."-

One with the disorder is not one willing to change, may seem cocky or come off as if they are, selfish, and maybe manipulative because of their self-centered ways. I am not saying that this is the case with everyone reading this. I'm just letting you know there is a condition in our society now that we have to be careful with the youth being exposed to the danger. The danger of being bullied, internet trolling, cat fishing, and just feeling the need to keep up with everyone else regarding what is considered "cool."  

Between YouTube tutorials, Facebook, and Instagram, there is a slight competition in our minds to have the need to keep up with others posts and with the right angles and lighting. It's been getting out of control when it comes to someone’s health, not just mentally, but physically. The need for gratification from someone’s approval daily can be exhausting. What did everyone do back in 1992??