Alanis Morissette: Instagram gives me a sense of self
ALANIS Morissette's Instagram page helps give her a new sense of self.
The 41-year-old singer has only recently unveiled her deep interest in psychology and spirituality, and is currently working on a book that is half memoir and half "reflections, insights, regrets, and just straight-up teaching".
She also regularly keeps her fans updated with her progress in life through her blog and Instagram feeds, and admits that these methods of sharing have proved eye-opening for her.
She told Vogue magazine: "I've always had a little of a blind spot around how I am perceived. But there's uniformity now. This may be a crass way of understanding it, but there's something about even looking at my own Instagram, looking at my blog, where I'm getting a sense of self that I never had."
Alanis is most well known for songs such as 'Ironic' and her album 'Jagged Little Pill'.
But she admits that her songwriting process meant she disassociated herself from her other addictions - such as being a workaholic.
She explained: "The art expressed catharsis. I was embodying it every day onstage, sweating it out.
"You know these songs were being written without me cognitively knowing how they were being written. It was very visceral, somatic. Art is just a storm. I've been dissociated for so long, and a workaholic and a few other addictions in there."
Now a mother to five-year-old son Ever, Alanis' priorities in life have changed. Speaking about her start in the entertainment industry, she admits she never really fitted in among her peers.
She said: "All due respect to the geniuses that were around me, I felt like a bit of an outsider. I tried really hard to fit in and belong and have BFFs that were famous. It could have had something to do with the time period. It wasn't 2016; it was the '90s and early 2000s. It was a different time for women in music. I would awkwardly phone different celebrities to see if we could be friends. And a lot of times I would be met with: "Why are you calling me?" I guess people don't call people just to become friends with them.
"In this new group of people I find myself spending time with, there's this sweet camaraderie, and an overlapping of intention, like our life missions are very similar. There's a desire to support people in their healing journeys. It's very relaxing for me."