According to Psychology, ‘narcissistic personalities tend to take more solo selfies’. However, previous researches do not link narcissism to the dire need of taking selfies.
On the contrary, there is a study that claims taking an excessive number of selfies can cause more narcissistic traits in men than in women.
The discrepancy in the research is because not all selfies are the same. Likewise, narcissistic individuals prefer solo selfies. Such personalities have a sense of self-admiration, lack of empathy, and they in live denial.
Similarly, taking selfies holds similar prospects. A person taking a selfie poses, angles their camera to highlight their best aspects, edits the image/images further. If this is scrutinized, it puts into perspective that the said person deems themself supreme enough to do this. Whilst self-confidence is amazing, vanity is not.
Is Taking Selfies a Mental Disorder?
The American Psychiatric Association (APA) declared ‘selfitis’ as a new mental disorder in 2014. It is defined as ‘the obsessive-compulsive desire to take photos of one’s self and post them on social media as a way to make up for the lack of self-esteem and to fill a gap in intimacy.’
Furthermore, the APA categorized it into borderline, acute, and chronic. Whilst Borderline Selfitis can be defined as taking 3 pictures a day, yet not posting them on social media, Acute Selfitis is defined as taking 3 pictures a day and posting them on social media. Lastly, Chronic Selfitis is defined as taking pictures all day long and then posting them on social media more than 6 times a day.
However, this disorder was soon dismissed as fake. Dr. Mark Griffiths, a professor at Nottingham Trent University, voiced his views on the entire quandary.
Whilst the story was revealed to be a hoax, it didn’t mean that the condition of selfitis didn’t exist.
All in all, taking selfies is not a major side effect of narcissism. Whilst taking too many pictures is evidently not good, NPD is a much more serious and concern disorder.
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