This is not the first time that we have been talking about selfies on our portal, because this phenomenon is very fashionable. The technological changes of the last decades, the culture of the image and the spectacle in which we live immersed and the emergence of networks like Facebook or Instagram they allowed us to take personal photos at any time and publish them in digital media as soon as possible.
Constant news about selfies appears on TV, in newspapers or on the radio, and several questions and answers arose about the obsessive behavior of some people, Often unfounded. And while this information is often not true, it’s no surprise that psychology is interested in knowing more about this type of behavior.
In reality, selfies say a lot about our personality, recent study says.
Is there a relationship between taking selfies and having a mental disorder?
First, it should be noted that the habit of taking selfies is not a mental disorderTherefore, there is no scientific evidence to support this. However, some emotional issues or psychological disturbances can be associated with overuse of selfies. For example, low self-esteem, body dysmorphic disorder, narcissism, or a perfectionist personality.
A narcissistic person can take a lot of selfies and post them on social media looking for constant approval. We all know a friend who constantly enjoys looking in the mirror, and selfies are a quick way to gain approval on social media and constantly expose your image. A narcissist can push the behavior of taking selfies to the extreme, to pathological limits.
It might also happen that a perfectionist or someone with body dysmorphia takes a lot of self-photo and constantly repeats them because it doesn’t look good on any of them. Perfectionists are obsessed with perfection in everything they do, and people with body dysmorphia are never happy with their physical appearance. this it can cause them to take pictures for hours to get that excellent and perfect image of themselves, Although unreal.
What is the reason for the selfie fashion?
But like I said taking selfies shouldn’t be a serious problemAs it is one more phenomenon associated with new information technologies and image culture. Here come together both the advance of new technologies, for example the possibility of having a camera on your smartphone, the emergence of social networks and the possibility of being connected all day and aware of the lives of others. The values of this company are also very important, which rewards elements such as aesthetics or entertainment.
These changes over the past few decades have changed the way we relate, because by adding these factors we are faced with a phenomenon that leads us to the need to tell and project a good image of ourselves via social networks. This is why it is important that we know how to give responsible use to this technology; because if we don’t, we might be on the verge of obsessing or communicating with other people: real communication is on the street, looking each other in the eye.
That said, we can’t deny that when someone has a deeper issue like a body image disorder, overuse of selfies and social media could be a sign that something is wrong with that person.
“Selfitis” does not exist – a lie that has gone viral
Selfitis, that is to say the pathological obsession with taking selfies, and that some media claimed to be recognized by the American Psychological Association (APA), does not really exist: it is an invented disorder, without foundation scientist. It was a lie that went viral on the internet, and taking selfies may mean absolutely nothing from a clinical point of view.
What is happening is that selfies are posted on social media, and social media is important in shaping the identity of young people. We must therefore pay attention to how these behaviors affect adolescents, as this is a critical period in their development. Failure to do so can have negative effects on your future psychological well-being. In extreme cases, selfies can be an indicator of emotional issues or body image disturbances, for example, if people are constantly uploading photos of themselves to Facebook or taking photos all day long. at their own pace.
Parents and schools should be aware of the importance of educating their children in the proper use of social media.
It is therefore important that parents (and also schools) are concerned with educating their children to properly use new technologies, otherwise Western culture can cause emotional or self-esteem problems.
But let’s not be dramatic: that someone sometimes takes a selfie is okay, it’s just one more phenomenon, Which comes from the hand of the immersion that we have all made in new technologies.
The best prevention is education
Prevent future emotional problems in young people and develop a resilient personality that allows them to empower themselves in life and value themselves as they are without the need to constantly show a digital image that can be detrimental to them, the key is education.
We have already mentioned the troubles associated with new technologies on other occasions. Psychology and the mind, For example, in our articles on FOMO syndrome or nomophobia. And we’ve already warned about the importance of re-educating the youngest in a society that turns us into objects and can lead to serious self-esteem issues if we don’t reconnect with ourselves. In other words, if we don’t become conscious and emotionally intelligent people again.
You must be properly trained in the use of new technologies, because they are an important part of the life of the youngest. Through social media, children and teens relate, compare and shape their identities.
The 2.0 world conveys values
World 2.0 can be a fictional but highly desirable world, and social media inspires young people to become protagonists.
Thanks to selfies, they can become a kind of “star” in their little world of show business. So, It is important to know that as agents of socialization, social networks also transmit values. Parents and teachers must make young people understand the positive and negative consequences of their use.
The contribution of psychology to the use of social networks
For cases where a person compulsively takes selfies and there really is some underlying disorder, From psychology, we offer some treatments that can help the person identify the problem and be able to solve it..
These cases are often characterized by low self-esteem, a lack of social skills and a constant need for approval from others. Fortunately, psychologists can deal with these cases and resolve them.
Personality and selfies: narcissistic and anti-social people use self-photos more
Recent research they focused on finding a relationship between personality and self photosAnd it appears that certain personality types are more likely to take selfies, at least that says Ohio State University study (United States) which concludes that people who post more self-photos on their social networks have narcissistic and antisocial traits.
Additionally, according to research from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore and published in Computers in Human Behavior, the way you take a selfie can express a person’s personality traits, For example, if she is more or less outgoing, responsible or kind. This study concludes that:
- Compassionate, cooperative and kind people appear smiling and cheerful in their self-portraits.
- Friendly people take selfies from below.
- Not revealing the location of the photo may indicate that the person is concerned about their privacy.
- “Putting on morrets” is typical of insecure, anxious and jealous people.
- The more open the photo, the greater the emotional positivity
To know if they are true and to be more sure of the results of this research, scientists will have to conduct further studies to confirm these conclusions. What is clear is that science is starting to take an interest in this phenomenon.