06/20/2014 09:07 am ET Updated Jun 20, 2014

Generation Validation: Why Everyone Just Wants To Be Liked

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Now more than ever, we all want to feel the love. But experts say that waiting for the 'likes' to roll in can seriously mess with your psyche. Have we reached a compliment crisis?


Last month, Jessica, 29, attended a black-tie wedding in San Francisco with her fiancé. Since it was a fancy affair, Jessica went to great lengths to look glamorous—long, silky black dress, pearls, a blowout, the works—and in her own (humble) opinion, she thought she looked amazing. But when she arrived at the wedding, her fellow guests didn’t exactly shower her with praise as she’d hoped—and expected—they would. In fact, they didn’t say anything at all, and Jessica found their silence surprisingly hurtful.

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