Self-Dysmorphia 
in the age of filters.

The age of social media has brought with it a new kind of self-dysmorphia – one that is fueled by the filters we use to present a perfected image of ourselves to the world. In the world of social media, the line between reality and illusion is blurred, and our perception of ourselves can become distorted.

At its core, self-dysmorphia is a fixation on perceived flaws in our appearance. It can lead to feelings of shame, low self-esteem, and social withdrawal. With filters, we are able to manipulate our appearance and create an idealized version of ourselves. However, this idealised version is often unattainable and can leave us feeling inadequate.

Filters have become a ubiquitous feature on social media, and it’s hard to avoid their influence. From the “Gingham” filter to “Valencia,” we have a wide range of options to choose from. But what impact do these filters have on our self-image?

Filters can create an unrealistic standard of beauty that we feel pressured to live up to. This can lead to feelings of inadequacy and low self-esteem. The constant need to present a perfect image online can also lead to obsessive thoughts about our appearance and a fear of being judged or criticized for our imperfections.

self dysmorphia
self dysmorphia

The problem is further exacerbated by the fact that filters have become so pervasive that many of us don’t even recognize them as filters anymore. We’ve become accustomed to seeing images that have been altered to look more appealing, and we’ve started to believe that this is what we’re supposed to look like. The result is a distorted perception of ourselves and our bodies.

So, what can we do to combat this form of self-dysmorphia? Perhaps the first step is to recognize the influence that filters have on our self-perception. By acknowledging this, we can start to take steps to counteract their impact.

One way to do this is to limit our use of social media. Taking a break from the constant barrage of filtered images can help us to reconnect with our own reality and focus on self-care. We can also practice self-compassion and kindness towards ourselves, even when we’re feeling down about our appearance.

Images we see online are often highly curated and manipulated to present a certain image. We should take these images with a grain of salt and recognize that they don’t represent reality. It’s also helpful to seek out diverse representations of beauty and body positivity, whether it be through social media or other forms of media. True worth and value extend beyond our physical appearance. By prioritising self-care and self-acceptance, we can start to combat the negative effects of self-dysmorphia in the age of filters. We should strive to see ourselves as we truly are, and appreciate the unique beauty that we all possess.

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