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How we define difficulty or problems is variable, or it should be. What is difficult for someone might not be so for another. Likewise, when we look at someone’s life and feel like they have everything perfect, we should not assume that they do not have problems. Sometimes, because of this assumption, we might end up downplaying someone’s issues, which might have serious consequences.
Take celebrities, for example. We might assume that they have everything: wealth, power, luxury. But many of them state how fame can be destructing; how it is harder for them to find genuine friends or social support etc. And these things are the exact things that can get to someone’s mind and ruin mental health. It is the same for us. We can have everything on the outside: financial means, social support etc. But we might still have difficulties. Our friend can also be in this situation. We often do not know what someone is going through.
This post is a reaction to some comments I often hear for various people, but I think it brings up a point worth discussing: what counts as difficulty? Can we have a definition for it that holds for everyone? If so, what can it be? If not, how can we make sure that we understand individual differences?