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Many of the women I see are in the period of their lives where they may be ready to move up in their careers, they may start thinking about what “settling down” looks like for them, they may be wondering if their current relationship is leading in the direction they want it to, and many of them are definitely looking to their peers to gauge how they are doing in comparison with other young women in their circles. We have a biological drive to want to fit into groups and the Social Comparison Theory says that we determine our own social and personal worth based on how we stack up against others. Look at the research that shows whether social comparison can be helpful or not and think critically about how social media affects the pressure of young adulthood. Get some ideas on what to do when you are in this stage of life and trying to measure yourself against others to see how you’re doing.

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