Instagram influencers, and other things I am angry at

A photo series on the objects of my ire

here goes the angry Arab woman again. Words run out of my mouth before I can catch them. I speak my anger. I feel shame about it. I silence myself. However, as I am working to become a therapist, I am finding repressed anger turned into self-hate, passive aggressiveness, regrets and resentment.

Photographer Jane Hu and I teamed up two months ago to capture things I am ashamed of. This time we collaborated again to capture some of the things and people I am angry at, without getting caught in fear or shame.

I strongly believe, that especially as women, if we express anger in a mindful way, it can be a powerful energy to drive change, create art, deepen relationships, improve our health, and even bring fun into our lives, like we did with our photoshoot.

Once we completed the project, I did not feel as angry at the people or the things. Feelings of playfulness and lightness took over. After all, perhaps expressing our anger can make us feel less angry.

1- Facebook and other companies designing addictive technologies

SNAP INSTAGRAM IMESSAGE UBER CAVIAR TINDER REPEAT

2- Men who don’t listen

#NOYOUARENOTAFEMINIST #YOUSHUTUPANDLISTEN

3- Consumerism and buying shit I do not need

I HAVE NOTHING TO WEAR

4- Ultra-spiritual people and cultural appropriation

#BLESSED #WEAREALLONE #POSITIVENERGYONLY #IWENTTOINDIA #IAMENLIGHTNED #CALIFORNIA

5- My parents, my traumatic childhood, and still not feeling seen by them

YOU SHOULD BE PAYING FOR MY THERAPIST FEES

6- Insurance companies, American Airlines, Comcast

9 AM — — — — — — — 9PM

7- Instagram influencers’ narcissism (no you did not wake up like this)

#FROMWHEREIWAKEUP #METIME #IWOKEUPLIKETHIS #GOODMORNING @alexanderwang

Sometimes anger can be funny

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