Meghan Markle spoke on Oprah about how the media attacks were “almost unsurvivable,” then described feeling suicidal. As a media psychology researcher, I can explain why. My doctoral research was on the traumatic impact of media humiliation and misrepresentation – the first study of its kind. My research describes this unique form of trauma and explains why being misrepresented in the media/social media hurts so much. It is one of the most agonizing experiences a human being can endure.
Daily, thousands of lives are being destroyed by media misrepresentation, public shaming, online harassment and cancel culture. It is time to have a public conversation about this. I am comfortable on camera, my zoom studio is set up and ready to go, and I can join the conversation with 15 minutes preparation. I am the founder of Voices for Dignity – a non-profit that helps dignify and empower those who have been humiliated, objectified, and exploited. I am writing a book on traumatic media misrepresentation, and I have recently helped start the first support group for those going through traumatic media misrepresentation. A longer bio can be found here: www.christinemarie.com/bio. Please consider having me on your program to share the psychology of this form of cruelty, today, or in the future as well.
Dr. Christine Marie