Ever since launching The Divorce Magazine, one thing has become clear and obvious: being divorced is something to be ashamed off, it’s something that you want to hide as much as possible and it’s not a status you want to own or be associated with.
This has been indicated in two ways.
Firstly, I have been asked, over and over again why I chose to call this magazine, The Divorce Magazine. Could I not find something more…gentle, nicer?
At a recent networking event one of the attendees informed me that she had been thinking of launching a magazine about divorce.
She went on to explain that she was still planning on doing so but she was going to call it something different, “something really lovely. I find using the word divorce in the title a bit too harsh. I wouldn’t want to be seen reading it.”
Secondly in the business world of Linkedin, some friends and acquaintances have said that they would rather not be connected to me because they didn’t want anything to do with Divorce to be seen as being part of their connections. “People would begin to wonder what was going on in my marriage.” Or, “I don’t want potential employers or clients to see that I am connected to those working in divorce or separation. It just doesn’t look good”
Finally and which is very closely tied to the previous point, is to do with Facebook.
Facebook is more of a social site unlike Linkedin which is about business connections – you don’t talk about what you had for lunch here.
This is where you get personal and tell all that you want to all that are interested or not. You show off your holiday photos and like and unlike other members posts, photos and videos. And where Facebook is used for business purposes, the messages and posts are also more emotion based, intimate and friendly.
People see you and what you get up to and it is for this reason, as in the Linkedin point, that people have said they are reluctant to like the page because, again, “People will wonder what they have been up to what is going on in their lives.”
While I totally understand this, it just goes to show just how strong and negative a stigma divorce still holds in our lives, communities and society, so much so that your decision to hire someone or not will be based on her Linkedin connection to some who founded a magazine called “The Divorce Magazine.”
I recently wrote an article for the Huffington Post on a very similar subject but from a personal angle.
I find that unless we begin to look at divorce as part of our life’s journey, as something that happened but that doesn’t define us who we we are, then we will continue to hold it in darkness, in shame and in guilt.
We will continue to whisper about it and beat ourselves up when we go through it and label ourselves as “failed” in one of the biggest areas of our lives.
Unfortunately divorce is here and doesn’t seem to be going away.
Fortunately divorce is here so we have a means to right a wrong that would otherwise condemn some of us to lives of misery and sorrow for the sake of keeping up appearances.
Soila is the founder of The Divorce Magazine and creator of the online course – Helping Children Cope with Divorce
She is known for taking away the pain of trauma and loss in children, adolescents and their families and is the author of “When Love is Broken. A read-together book for children and parents going through divorce and separation.
Soila holds an MSc in Psychoanalytic Developmental Psychology from UCL (University College London), is an accredited Positive Parenting Program (Triple P) practitioner and a trained Family Mediator.
Soila is Graduate Member of the British Psychological Society.
You can contact her on 07850 85 60 66 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org