You go on a selfie binge
It’s one thing to take a selfie with a friend, posing in new outfits or near a famous landmark. But is it strange to take selfies and then comb through them when you’re by yourself? Not necessarily, says Aniesa M. Schneberger, MA, LMHC at Tampa Life Change. She explains that meticulous review of selfies before posting them on social media and dabbling with filters is a common behavior that’s in line with today’s technological world of “likes” and gaining followers. However, she warns about going overboard, adding that over-scrutinizing images and getting carried away with filters may damage your self-esteem and get in the way of your authentic self.
You Google yourself and others
Pew Research findings reveal that more than half of Internet users have typed their own name in search engines to see what details about them will surface online. So, you’re not alone. Chances are, you’ve also checked out names of people from days gone by. But is this good? Yes and no, says Julia Breur, PhD, a licensed clinical psychotherapist in Boca Raton, Florida. She recalls a patient who turned to the Internet after a divorce to look up past classmates. “This online activity helped her through a painful breakup,” Dr. Breur says. “Today she happily travels across the U.S. visiting friends from her high school.” The downside? Just be aware of the Internet’s scary aspects. She warns of things like cyberbullying and scams. Here’s what your fears reveal about your personality.
You have another “I’d like to thank the Academy” daydream
Do you ever think about your reaction if you won the lottery or imagine yourself accepting a coveted work promotion after just two months on the job? It’s normal to daydream. Psychologists estimate that people daydream for one-third to one-half of their waking hours, despite the fact that a single daydream lasts for only a few minutes. Interestingly, such thoughts can help increase creativity, diminish stress, and generate positive life experiences.