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2: …Obsessive *Comparison* Disorder (Yes, It’s A Thing.)

Updated: Dec 4, 2020

In today’s episode, we’re talking about obsessive comparison disorder. It’s an epidemic especially now in the social media era — log on and wake up with a global community, and see what they’re doing today, tomorrow, what they’re eating for lunch. Honestly, this is the most mentally unhealthy thing. So let’s dive in!

  • First up, we have a Real Woman, Real Story, and she is going to be sharing about a time of her life when comparison had a really toxic grip on her, during the height of her 20s, killing it as a pro-NFL + pro-NBA dancer. She’s gonna open up to us and share how she finally broke free from her comparison.

  • Next, I’m joined by experts Dr. Christina Iglesia + Paul Angone as we discuss the warning signs that may be skewing from healthy to unhealthy comparisons, explore why comparison is apart of human nature, and they’ll share how to handle that in our social media, in-real-life, and in our local communities.

  • And finally, stay tuned to the end of this episode for this week's party trick: I’ll be sharing 3 books to stay free from the curse of comparison.


Expert Paul Angone was the first to coin and create the term Obsessive Comparison Disorder back in 2013. He a best-selling author, and the creator of the popular website His newest book 25 Lies Twentysomethings Need to Stop Believing releases March 2021. | | Twitter

Dr. Christina Iglesia is a licensed clinical psychologist and the founder of #therapyiscool mental health action campaign. She currently works in private practice in the San Francisco Bay Area with a clinical specialty in the treatment of depression, anxiety, trauma, and substance abuse. Dr. Christina Iglesia is also an ongoing contributor for Fox 2 News and has been interviewed by media outlets such as InStyle, Romper, Huffington Post, Bustle, Thrive Global, and Medium. | Instagram | Hashtag Therapy Is Cool


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If you loved this podcast episode, you’ll also love our first episode in our Protect Your Peace Series: Episode #1: …How To Be Happy (But Also WTF Do I Know).

Come listen, laugh, and maybe even learn a lil something’ -- with new episodes of Hot Happy Mess dropping every Monday on the iHeartRadio App, Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts!

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Zuri Hall is an Emmy award-winning TV host (Access Hollywood, American Ninja Warrior) and is the executive producer & host of this millennial-focused podcast that will empower women to avoid “best life burnout” through candid conversation, expert panel discussions, and real-life, human interest stories from everyday women.

Follow @ZuriHall and @HotHappyMess on Instagram to keep the good vibes going.

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