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Dove Cameron posted several teary-eyed photos of herself as she shared that she has been “terrorized” by her identity and is trying to unlearn self-hatred.
“i’ve been struggling lately with the concept of self, my inner relationship to who i know myself to be and my outer perceivable self who i feel i have never known but other people seem to,” she wrote in a lengthy post to her Instagram Wednesday.
“i’ve been covering mirrors lately. i’ve been feeling wrong in clothing that used to make me feel beautiful lately. i’ve been crying a lot lately, sometimes terrorized by my identity and image, sometimes in absolute flow with something new and peripheral and joyous to me.”
The actress, 26, explained that she is not quite sure whether she has learned who she is yet but that sometimes she is able to find herself.
“the self finds ways of showing up anyway, trickling in enough to hint at who we might be if we didn’t feel we had to be everything but the self,” she wrote.
The “Liv and Maddie” alum also expressed how “sexuality and performative gender norms” are “throwing [her] for a loop” and that social media, branding and constantly sharing her life with strangers takes its toll on her mental health.
“this is a modern problem not designed with human health in mind,” she wrote.
Cameron told her 47.3 million Instagram followers that she is trying to give herself a break and not “punish” herself for not understanding her own feelings and that she wants to show anyone else struggling with the same thoughts that they are not alone.
“we all deserve a life unburdened by the societally created identity, we all deserve to unlearn self abuse and self hatred.” she wrote. “i am on that journey now. and i’m sharing to that we may all feel more comfortable in a conversation that may be confusing, and we may navigate something that feels difficult to put to words, together. human, first. the rest is all the rest.”
She concluded, “emotion is COOL. dysphoria is OK. living as a human is INTENSE. we are all holding hands. don’t forget.”
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