This makes sense, as elegantly put by Brené Brown: ‘If we can share our story with someone who responds with empathy and understanding, shame can’t survive.’
One of the key things that is lacking on so many social networks is understanding and empathy. Peer support can be very powerful, but how to get positive peer support in an open environment, like on different social media channels? How to find those people who really can understand you and give meaningful support? Because peer support can have also trigger negative affection, when the support is something that encourages doing something harmful. One more keyword: empathy. We need safe spaces where people can share their thoughts without judgement and shame. With empathy we can kick the same away.
Now, in the era of technology, we have all the means to change things. People need each other’s help and also the desire to help others. I believe that there is power in the community to solve problems. It is about belonging to the tribe, helping and meeting people who understand. Being accepted and safe. People can support others with own skills and experiences. And most important feeling that you can get is that you are not alone. There are others that experience the same. You are not alone!