Question of the Week: When considering the impact that media and peers have on our self-image, how difficult is it for us to see ourselves as we truly are?
Lets consider the facts:
-We can probably all agree that Social Media influences us to some degree. Think about fashion, think about our ideas of beauty - they are constantly changing, and although we would all like to believe we are the "trend setters," this stuff typically comes from celebrities, models and magazines.
-What people say to us and about us matters. It shouldn't, but it does. There are very few people I know who are truly unaffected by and/or unconcerned with what others think.
-Furthermore, as a teacher and an adult who has regular contact with teenagers, it seems to me that I am often in a position where I am telling students about their strengths and potential - not the other way around. To me, this would indicate that sometimes friends, family and peers can see who we really are even more clearly than we can.
So the question is, with all these influences, does a "True Mirror" really exist?
Is it possible for us to look in the mirror without all of these external influences creeping in?
Do you agree that sometimes others need to teach or show us positives that we are unable to see about ourselves?
How would the way you see yourself compare with the way others see you?
Consider the above questions when you make your blog post this week.