Internet trolls attacked my pictures

Bill Mount

DEAR HARRIETTE: How do I get my confidence back after dealing with internet trolls? Harriette Cole  While I know the best thing to do is ignore people who have nothing positive to say, I also can’t help but feel that with every harsh joke, there’s some truth. I’ve been struggling […]

DEAR HARRIETTE: How do I get my confidence back after dealing with internet trolls?

Harriette Cole 

While I know the best thing to do is ignore people who have nothing positive to say, I also can’t help but feel that with every harsh joke, there’s some truth.

I’ve been struggling with my confidence after a bunch of people attacked my pictures online. My pictures usually get a lot of attention because of my online presence, but this time, a lot of the attention came with negativity.

I want to tune it out and get back to feeling like myself, but I cannot help but look at myself a little differently. How can I go back to feeling like my usual confident self?

Internet Trolls

DEAR INTERNET TROLLS: There are real consequences to getting caught up in the wheel of likes and dislikes on the internet.

Honestly, whenever people rely too heavily on other people’s opinions, it can be detrimental to their mental health. The internet has only made it worse because people can anonymously post anything, and often they are unkind.

Building self-esteem requires you to evaluate yourself for who you are and what you value, not what other people say. Unless you did something scandalous for which you honestly feel regret, take these comments with a grain of salt.

Perhaps somebody was jealous or bored and decided to pick on you. Do not react to the negative comments. If they warrant deletion, take them down. If they should be reported, do that. But don’t fight back. Your best defense is radio silence. If you do not engage these trolls, they will lose their power over you.

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