I love the validation I get from an Instagram post that gets more likes then expected.
— Before we begin the real post of the day, I wanted to highlight the theme of this week: National Eating Disorder Awareness (NEDA) Week. I plan to do a post on it later in the week, but if you’re interested in learning more about my story, I wanted to point out the links out the top of every page. You can read more about my story, the transformation I underwent, and the rest of my recovery-related posts. If you, or someone you know is struggling with an eating disorder, please do not hesitate to reach out. You deserve recovery. —
Breaking the Validation Addiction
I admit it. I accept the responsibility of having somewhat of an ego. How often do people say that? Not often. I know, at least for me, I always play it off, trying to act coy or humble about it all, saying it doesn’t matter. But honestly, I love it. It feels good. Seeing my phone light up with notifications, users liking my selfies, it boosts my self-esteem. It’s a side of me that I don’t often acknowledge, because according to most people (myself included), this is an egotistical mindset to have. And I’m not discrediting that, a perfect human, if one existed, would not even care to let their thoughts drift off into the world of validation.
This validation does not control my life at all, so I don’t want it to seem that way. It’s just something that’s been on my heart these past few days. And it is not as bad as it used to be by far, thankfully!
But I am not perfect, and I like validation. External sources, such as social media, friends, family members, professors, telling me that I look pretty or I have done a good job is something I still enjoy having. [Read more…]