A troubling identity crisis is becoming apparent in teenagers of my generation. While gender identification may be a more publicized issue, the internet has introduced a significantly more common phenomenon: the separation -- sometimes more like a chasm -- between online and real personas
You and your kids are currently in the midst of the summer wherever you may be and your kids are probably complaining about boredom every now and then. I know about this all too well. The teens and tweens tell me about this. Parents complain about not knowing how to handle it. Oh the irony.
Social media let's us pick and choose what we present about ourselves, but how can we tell when it becomes more indulgent and less authentic?
Never mind Sanders' and Trump's complete unlikeness in virtually every other respect, or the vast qualitative and quantitative differences between the Democratic and Republican fields; for some, two points of superficial similarity render Trump and Sanders identical.
Being in the therapy business, I'm constantly monitoring my own psychological state, probably not unlike physicians who regularly check their pulse. Lately, I'm monitoring a growing sense of being watched. I don't think I'm becoming paranoid, yet, but it's starting to feel that way.
And as much as the cynics of the cynics of slacktivism might disagree, your vocality is continuing to draw awareness to whatever cause you are talking about. And that is key: change can only come when people care.
It's time to start capitalizing on our age, millennials. In life, it is important to be aware of your inexperience. But it's equally important to be confident in your potential -- because when you really think about it, our memories, our hopes, our fears and our ideas synthesize so that we may all find our place in this noisy, social world.
The fact that those on the right assume that any attack on a person of color is racist is in itself racist: It looks no further than the color of his skin. When I look at Bobby Jindal the first thing I think of isn't his color. It's the way he ignores what he learned to earn his degree in biology from Brown to pander to the creationist, homophobes he hopes will vote for him.
This small token of changing a profile picture is what they can do now to show support and to some that's just the beginning. So let's leave those rainbow Facebook profiles up -- show your support and continue to do so until the very last battle is fought and won.
The truth is that often in our darkest times we are not even looking for feedback or advice, but rather someone to simply listen to us, empathize with our plight, and point us in the right direction. Sometimes all it takes is a really great listener to turn a life around.
We love lists because they're a simple proposition in a world of white hot noise, and because most people living a postmodern life -- present company included -- cannot actually tell you, in 140 succinct characters, what that even is.
Even as I write this there are still family members of the Charleston Nine who have not buried their loved ones. Every flag in the state should be at half-mast until that has occurred. The Rebel flag that was once worn proudly by the confessed killer still waves at the statehouse.
Fraudulent individuals and scam artists can abuse the great feeling of online communities. One shocking example is the self proclaimed R&B artist, entrepreneur, and businessman, who goes by the name of DeLorean.
As an author, blogger, and marketer, I often hear writers lament about trolls, particularly on social media.
So in effect, social media very effectively narrows our reality tunnels by including more and more "evidence" that confirms our pre-existing biases and less and less evidence that there are happy, successful people in the world who think differently than we do.
In just 20 years, I've seen my sexuality change in public opinion from leper to fashionable. For me, it's always just been who I was. To those of you have been there all along, and also to those who have caught up, evolved, and had the courage to stand up even today - I thank you.