There’s More to the Dolly Parton Challenge Than a Fun Meme
Dr. Alexandra Hamlet, PsyD, a clinical psychologist at the Child Mind Institute, explained to MTV News that, in some ways, this is reflective of real life too. “If we go on a date, we are more flirty than if we’re on a job interview — just like on LinkedIn, we’re way more buttoned up and ‘professional,’” Hamlet, who is an expert in mood and anxiety disorders, said. By that logic, it makes sense that what you post on Facebook may not make the rounds on TikTok, or any other app.” Kelly agreed, noting that “sometimes you really do have to put a certain mask up, especially if you’re dealing with family or employers.”
According to Hamlet, it’s “healthy for humans to have different sides of themselves,” and the Dolly Parton Challenge illuminates those different facets of our personality.