Selfies Are Linked To THESE Personality Disorders!

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All of us have one or two friends we’ve seriously considered holding a selfie intervention for. And thanks to some new information, we’ve now got a few genuine reasons to be concerned. You see, psychologists have linked compulsive selfie-taking to a number of mental health and personality issues.

‘Oh, but surely that only applies to people who take an insane amount of selfies,’ you might be thinking. Actually, no. According to the American Psychiatric Association, even just three selfies daily is cause for concern.

Let’s take a look at a few of the issues experts say are at play in compulsive selfie taking.



Research has shown that individuals with higher narcissistic personality traits tend to post more selfies on social media. Editing a selfie before posting it is a sign of even greater narcissism.

Narcissistic individuals need admiration to function. Posting a selfie allows them to get this admiration by way of likes and comments. This sort of admiration is incredibly misleading due to the disingenuous nature of social media. That doesn’t stop it from going to a narcissist’s head, of course.

Body Dysmorphic Disorder

“Two out of three of all the patients who come to see me with body dysmorphic disorder since the rise of camera phones have a compulsion to repeatedly take and post selfies on social media sites,” says psychiatrist Dr. David Veale.

One British teenager with the disorder actually tried to kill himself when he couldn’t get a perfect selfie. 19-year-old Danny Bowman spent 10 hours taking up to 200 selfies every single day. He didn’t leave his house for six straight months.

Of course, Danny’s case is extreme. But the near-universal nature of his following statement sends shivers down my spine:

“The only thing I cared about was having my phone with me so I could satisfy the urge to capture a picture of myself at any time of the day.”

In body dysmorphic disorder patients, compulsive selfie-taking often accompanies an eating disorder.

Low Self-Esteem


According to mental health expert Tina Sadri, behavior such as frequent selfie posting “may be little more than a self-presentational strategy to compensate for very low and fragile self-esteem.”

While selfies may seem to boost one’s self-esteem, they actually do so in a negative way.

“Teenagers are often driven by insecurity to construct a desirable persona, they are particularly vulnerable to the negative side of self-portraiture,” says psychologist Lucie Hemmen. “If a young girl poses provocatively and gets 300 likes for that photo, that’s false self-esteem for that kid.”

Want to learn more about the mental health implications of selfies? Have a look at this video.

What do you think of the selfie trend after reading this article? Hop in the comments and let us know!

Tina Sadri
Psychology Today
American Psychiatric Association
The Daily Mail


Brandon Richard is a writer, musician and blogger. He loves thinking creatively and finding new ways of looking at the world.

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Derek Glaskin - September 8, 2016

What a load of Kodak kodswallet, they’re just frick’n new toys for little girls n boys!

Ali Browning - September 8, 2016

its for people so far up themselves they’re in their mouth, but seriously yes the word selfie says it all, obsession with the self, I have BMD and hate pictures of me.

panther063 - September 9, 2016

“Am I not pretty enough
is my heart too broken
Do I cry too much
Am I too outspoken
Don’t I make you laugh
Should I try it harder
Why do you see right through me”
Credit to Kasey Chambers, fitting considering the issues these people suffer.

Donna Jean - September 9, 2016

Everything has to mean something today.. In this day and age with everyone walking around with phone attached to face /camera it’s weird if u don’t take selfies they will be the next BIG PROBLEM out there.. Who fucking cares what people do! Get out of there lives & start living urs! How bout maybe someone lost a lot of weight & for the first time in life & feels good about themselves? Or maybe there X left them after many years.. And they need a boost maybe they don’t care what people think & actually do what lever without thinking.. Maybe there dying of a disease & realize life is too short. For the love of god not everything means something.. We don’t have to make everything into a disorder or distinction.. Ugh! I miss the good old days b4 internet, phones, & everybody in everyone’s business..

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