Social media and self image: Katrin Berndt talks therapy

If you've read my previous posts, you know I have a thing about Sweden.

When I get hooked on something I research it, and in the process of researching Swedish culture I came across a video by Katrin Berndt, a successful vlogger. While creeping her channel I came across a video she posted back in June. I encourage you to watch! 

I’m not embarrassed about these things. I’m not embarrassed about going to therapy. Why would I be that? I’m going to learn. I’m going to learn about myself, about how I work, how I think, to try to better myself. Because ultimately I want to be better.
— Katrin Berndt

I've been going to therapy since I was a teenager. From university counsellors to social workers and psychologists, I've had the privilege of working with so many amazing people. As an introvert I often keep things to myself and therapy allows me to unbottle everything with someone who 'gets' me. Nothing is too small or too big to talk about in therapy - I've talked about it all. And like Katrin, I always leave the session feeling lighter, and more confident in who I am. 

I know my love for therapy is not the norm, and that there is a heavy stigma that surrounds going. That is why I'm so glad Katrin opened up this conversation with her 200,000 + followers. 

I often worry about the impact social media (Instagram, YouTube, Snapchat, etc.) has on self-image because of the way it is filtered to only show the best parts of someone's life. While I know everything on social media is cultivated this way, I still get caught up in believing other people's lives are perfect. When this happens the perfectionist in me gets insecure and my self-esteem plummets.

Getting to hear Katrin speak about her insecurity really helped put things in perspective. 

I hope it does the same for you!

xx

Robin