Commodifying Self Care: Reflections on Jia Tolentino’s “Trick Mirror”

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Illustrator: Unknown Let’s Talk Trick Mirror:  Jia Tolentino asked herself, “how do I have a personal relationship with my face wash?,” so I asked myself the same question, and began thinking more critically about the commodification of “self-care.”  In her book “Trick Mirror,” and more specifically, her essay “Always Be Optimizing,” Tolentino discusses the social…

Overstimulation

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As a generation involved heavily in the world of social media, work culture, and constant “bad news,” overstimulation is a very real risk. It’s not just a fancy term for being bombarded consistently, but rather an explanation for why we often experience burnout. It exists widely around us, whether we choose to ignore it or…