MANIPULATION GAME

I find it ironic that we’re in a particularly strong age of mental health awareness and politically correct body positivity yet the “Body Perfecting” industry is still peddling empty promises now more than it ever has! 

We are constantly bombarded with the latest technology, treatments, procedures and products to fix the body issues that both society and the media continues to riddle us with.

Our insta feeds feature heavily edited “results” leading us to believe that we’re only a few credit card transactions away from having our body hangups banished for good.

But it’s all BS.

Even if all this breakthrough technology worked, which the majority does not, we’d still be forced to feel inadequate by the media in other ways – Because how else are these guys going to sell us stuff that we don’t actually need? 

The advertising companies are the worst at playing on our insecurities and creating monsters out of them.  As if we didn’t have enough demons of our own!

Instead of embracing our true selves, we’re constantly trying to change our appearance and thanks to a whole host of influencers, we’re all after cookie-cutter results.

We’ve forgotten how to think and want for ourselves, we just get swept up in lust for the “next best thing.”  We want what “she” has or “he” has and are striving for perfection that doesn’t exist.

So we’ve learnt ways in which to bend reality to some degree to get what we desire – From likes on Facebook and Instagram to bagging a date on Tinder or even nailing that job interview.

Now, I’m not saying all millennials are internet addicted, narcissistic “snowflakes” that are too self-obsessed to quit posting doctored selfies or “perfect posts” and start living in the real world.  But I think we all struggle to some degree to fully accept our own reality.  Because of this, we have cleverly crafted our own way of manipulating the truth.

You know, my single greatest reason for disappointments and annoyance these days is when people make out to be someone that they are not.  

BUT the truth is, If we are manipulating our own truth how can we be surprised when others manipulate theirs?

I’ve heard a few times over the years that what annoys you most in other people does so because it is a direct reflection of something in you that you dislike. 

So it would appear that I am in fact solely responsible for the annoyance and disappointment I feel about others.  But to be honest with you I find this new realisation quite comforting.  We have no control over others, but we do have control over ourselves and the ability to change what we don’t like.  

So I guess it’s time for me to take a long, hard look in the mirror.

As the saying goes “you should never judge a book by its cover” and now more than ever, we shouldn’t take everything at face value…. including our own reflection that stares back at us.

11 Replies to “MANIPULATION GAME”

  1. You say it as it is… and it may be a cliche, but the older I get, the less I give a sh** about anything or anyone else including the media and advertisements. In fact, gave up reading magazines and reading the news papers and watching TV ads many years ago because I just felt as though I was being brain washed and brain drained… having said that I now notice it all on social media, and I’m tired. The feeling of inadequacy, that people look younger, fitter, more glam, happier, etc. Luckily I’m not influenced by it greatly, but woe the ones who are. It’s just like one big bubble that’s going to pop one day! Face value is the way, it’s just a harder one and actions definitely speak louder than words. Love your brain dumps!

  2. I totally hear you on the brain wash/brain drain! Social media feeds exhaust me but I can’t stop scrolling! 🙈
    Same with magazines but they get me with the pretty pictures and buried within everything is all these subliminal messages!
    Even if I go online or on SM to find one piece of information I always get sidetracked by ads/pop-ups or other information on the same page and end up veering right of course with total brain overload of other information and new thoughts/ideas that I really don’t need!
    Glad you’re enjoying the blog Kelly x

  3. I don’t even know how I ended up here, but I thought this post was good. I don’t know who you are but certainly you’re going to a famous blogger if you aren’t already 😉 Cheers!

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