Scientists Link ‪Selfies‬ To Narcissism, ‪Addiction‬ & Mental Illness

Taking smartphone selfies has a growing trend and nowadays, which the scientists who research it linked to some personal characteristics, such as mental health conditions that focus on a person’s obsession with looks.

The psychiatrist Dr. David Veal states that 2/3 of the patients who came to see him with Body Dysmorphic Disorder were the people who adore to repeatedly take and post selfies on social media sites. He used the cognitive behavioral therapy to help a patient to recognize the reasons for his or her compulsive behavior and according to that knowledge to learn how to moderate it.

Many psychologists are trying to find the answer is it possible that taking selfies causes addiction, mental illness, and narcissism? Most of them agree that it is possible and warn parents to pay close attention to their kids about their online activities if they want to avoid any future cases like what happened to Bowman.

Here we will tell you a story of a British male teenager Danny Bowman, who tried to commit suicide after he realized that he failed to take the perfect selfie. He was so obsessed with capturing the perfect shot and used to spend even 10 hours a day taking up to 200 selfies. He was 19-year-old, dropped out of school and did not leave the house for six months trying to get the right picture. For that reason, he even lost nearly 30 pounds. While he was frustrated at his attempts to take the one image he wanted, he, in the long run, tried to take his own life by overdosing. However, he was saved by his mom.

In his statement for The Mirror, he explained why he wanted to do it, because of his failure to take a perfect selfie, which leads him to lose his friends, his education, health and almost his life.

It is believed that he was the first UK’s selfie teenager addict, and has had therapy to treat his technology addiction as well as OCD and Body Dysmorphic Disorder.

He was treated at the Maudsley Hospital in London, where the doctors included taking away his iPhone for intervals of 10 minutes, and then gradually increased the time to 30 minutes, following to an hour.

He explains how painful was that for him to begin with, but he was willing to do it in order to continue his normal life.

Being aware that addiction to social media such as Facebook and Twitter can cause much illness, the Public health officials in the UK announced that more than 100 patients sought treatment every year.

According to Pamela Rutledge in Psychology, Today selfies frequently trigger perceptions of pleasure or attention-seeking social dependence of either very low self-esteem or narcissism.

The new big problem that increases with the appearance of digital narcissism is that it puts enormous pressure on people to achieve impossible goals. Some of the teenagers want to be like famous models, which is really hard, and when they are not prepared to work hard to achieve it, then is better for them to lower their aspirations.

At the end of the day, manifestations of narcissism on this way may be little more than a self-presentational strategy. Even those your efforts are reinforced and rewarded by others, they may be just distortion of reality and consolidate narcissistic illusions.

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