Fully Functioning Human (Almost): Living in an Online/Offline World

Fully Functioning Human (Almost): Living in an Online/Offline World

by Melanie Murphy


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'I'm just a nitwit girl who's sort-of stumbling through life learning that we all have our own roads to walk - but that it's still valuable, and rather lovely, to hear about other people's journeys . . . '

Growing up in an online age, becoming an internet sensation with half a million followers on her YouTube Channel, Irish girl Melanie Murphy's journey has been far from ordinary. Here, in her first book, she shares the ups and downs of her life. From dealing with online bullying, to living with anxiety and eating disorders to coping with acne and coming to terms with her sexuality, Melanie shows us how through difficult times we can learn the most about ourselves. And that, by learning to value and love ourselves, we can overcome whatever life throws at us.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781473639164
Publisher: Hachette Ireland
Publication date: 11/07/2017
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 3.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Melanie Murphy is an author and online content creator from a small village in Dublin.
Her YouTube videos have amassed more than sixty million views online, reaching people with her warm personality and life lessons as well as views on divisive topics such as sexuality, women's rights, health and relationships. Also, some silly fun stuff, just 'cause.
Melanie is the author of two books, both Irish bestsellers: Fully Functioning Human (Almost), part memoir/part life-guide (2017), and her debut novel If Only (2019).
She lives in Ireland with her pilot partner Thomas, her modern family, and her two glorious rescue kitties, Bilbo and Molly Weasley. Her BSc (hons) degree in Education & Training from DCU gathers dust above the fireplace as she writes books and uploads videos to the internet for a living.

Table of Contents

A Message for My Reader 5

A Higgledy-Piggledy Introduction to Yours Truly 9

Media and My Mind

Balancing social media and real life 24

How media moulded me 33

Cyberbullying 44

Depression 53

Anxiety 61

Using 'the Force' to turn dreams into reality 65

Food and Body

From 'the wrong type of skinny' to overweight and unhealthy 82

Losing weight - the easy part? 93

'Just eating clean' 108

Binge eating 118

Body dysmorphia and how it can be helped 128

Ten healthy foods I always have in my kitchen 139

Beauty and Confidence

Perceptions of beauty 148

How I feel about make-up, and becoming 'the acne girl' 156

Giving up on perfection and #goals 173

Bad beauty habits 181

Reasons why I'm probably the worst person alive to give beauty advice 183

My all-time favourite lotions and potions 185

How to feel good naked 188

Sex and Sexuality

Ten reasons to masturbate every day 198

Fancying boys and girls 200

Coming out 215

Having sex 225

Consent and sexual assault 235

The baby I never had 243

Love and Happiness

Things that make me happy 250

A tribute to my dad 256

Friendship 263

Why my mother is my greatest teacher 273

Romantic, love 279

Things I've learned/am learning from dating and relationships 293

A few words on 'ghosting' in modern dating 296

A Grateful Farewell 301

Helpful Information 305

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