Selfies are the way of life.
I am constantly finding new apps and filters to embellish, decorate, or even distort the picture entirely.
There is nothing inherently wrong with them; sometimes it is the only way a mum can get a photo with her kids!
The only problem with selfies, is that it takes so many attempts to get the best picture! Holding the camera at the right angle, lighting needs to be just right, background needs to be checked – quite a bit goes into the best selfie. Though to the untrained eye, they appear to be spur of the moment photos, quite misleading to what is actually happening.
A carefully constructed window into a disguised life.
What selfies fail to show are the tears, the weary eyes, the frail body, the chaotic home, the cracks of a natural life (I don’t even look like me in this one!!).
How does this help our friends and family to know we need help?
How does this help someone else reach out for help?
Psychotherapy uses insight to gain awareness and knowledge into our past, giving us direction on how to use our present to build a better future.
Though we need the real picture – not the carefully constructed image presented in a selfie.
For Psychotherapy Day, 25th September, I challenge you all to a first take, spur of the moment, real selfie.
Here is one to kick things off!