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    Wednesday, April 2, 2014

    Scientists Link Selfies To Narcissism, Addiction & Mental Illness


    The growing trend of taking smartphone selfies is linked to mental health conditions that focus on a person's obsession with looks.

    According to psychiatrist Dr. David Veal: "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."

    "Cognitive behavioural therapy is used to help a patient to recognise the reasons for his or her compulsive behaviour and then to learn how to moderate it", he told the Sunday Mirror.

    A British male teenager tried to commit suicide after he failed to take the perfect selfie. Danny Bowman became so obsessed with capturing the perfect shot that he spent 10 hours a day taking up to 200 selfies.

    The 19-year-old lost nearly 30 pounds, dropped out of school and did not leave the house for six months in his quest to get the right picture. He would take 10 pictures immediately after waking up. Frustrated at his attempts to take the one image he wanted, Bowman eventually tried to take his own life by overdosing, but was saved by his mom.

    "I was constantly in search of taking the perfect selfie and when I realized I couldn't, I wanted to die. I lost my friends, my education, my health and almost my life", he told The Mirror.

    The teenager is believed to be the UK's first selfie addict and has had therapy to treat his technology addiction as well as OCD and Body Dysmorphic Disorder. Part of his treatment at the Maudsley Hospital in London included taking away his iPhone for intervals of 10 minutes, which increased to 30 minutes and then an hour. "It was excruciating to begin with but I knew I had to do it if I wanted to go on living", he told the Sunday Mirror.

    Public health officials in the UK announced that addiction to social media such as Facebook and Twitter is an illness and more than 100 patients sought treatment every year.

    "Selfies frequently trigger perceptions of self-indulgence or attention-seeking social dependence that raises the damned-if-you-do and damned-if-you-don't spectre of either narcissism or very low self-esteem", said Pamela Rutledge in Psychology Today.

    The big problem with the rise of digital narcissism is that it puts enormous pressure on people to achieve unfeasible goals, without making them hungrier. Wanting to be Beyoncé, Jay Z or a model is hard enough already, but when you are not prepared to work hard to achieve it, you are better off just lowering your aspirations. Few things are more self-destructive than a combination of high entitlement and a lazy work ethic.

    Ultimately, online manifestations of narcissism may be little more than a self-presentational strategy to compensate for a very low and fragile self-esteem. Yet when these efforts are reinforced and rewarded by others, they perpetuate the distortion of reality and consolidate narcissistic delusions.

    The addiction to selfies has also alarmed health professionals in Thailand. "To pay close attention to published photos, controlling who sees or who likes or comments them, hoping to reach the greatest number of likes is a symptom that 'selfies' are causing problems", said Panpimol Wipulakorn, of the Thai Mental Health Department.

    The doctor believed that behaviours could generate brain problems in the future, especially those related to lack of confidence.

    The word "selfie" was elected "Word of the Year 2013" by the Oxford English Dictionary and is defined as "a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website."

    1. The Gym Selfie (Because the checking isn't enough.)





    2. The Pet Selfie
    (If you want to post a picture of your pet, post a picture of your pet.)



    Unless this happens, then it's OK:



    3. The Car Selfie AKA The Seatbelt Selfie
    (You LITERALLY got in the car and thought, “I look so good today, I better let everyone know before I put this thing in drive and head to my shift at the Olive Garden.”)





    If you can combine the Seatbelt Selfie with the beloved Shirtless Selfie like this unattractive fella below, you..are…GOLD.



    4. The Blurry Selfie (Why?)



    5. The Just Woke Up Selfie



    Yeah right you just woke up.

    6. Or even worse, the Pretending to Be Asleep Selfie.



    7. The Add a Kid Selfie (Extra points for a C-section scar.)



    8. The Hospital Selfie (A rare gem. The more tubes you have hooked up to you, the better.)



    9. The “I'm On Drugs” Selfie (This looker below also qualifies as theLook At My New Haircut Selfie.)



    10. The Duck Face Selfie (Hey girls. This doesn't make you prettier. It makes you look stupid and desperate. If that's what you're going for, carry on.)





    11. The Pregnant Belly Selfie (Send this to your family and friends, not the entire Internet.)



    And yes, that's a pregnant belly duck face selfie. It's the unicorn of awful selfies.

    12. The “I'm a Gigantic Whore” Selfie



    13. The “I Have Enough Money to Fly On an Airplane” Selfie (AND I own earbuds.)



    14. The 3D Selfie. (It takes talent…along with class.)



    15. The Say Something That Has Nothing To Do With Anything Selfie
    (You had a great night? Oh.)



    16. The “I Live In Filth” Selfie
    (We all make messes, but if you're going to post your living quarters on the Web, pick up your room.)










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    As she punishes her child....


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    #12 has to be the best, She's makin her daddy proud!
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    Quote Originally Posted by charley View Post
    As she punishes her child....

    I didn't see it that way. I see it more as her kid is leaning his head against the wall saying to himself, "OMFG, this is so humiliating. My my mom is a dumb whore!"
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    Quote Originally Posted by charley View Post
    As she punishes her child....

    wtf!
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    I'm guilty of 75 percent of those.





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    Guilty of the gym selfie and the giant where selfie..on the regular..never kids pets and only mild squalor

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    I take a selfie and immediately delete it when the voices start saying "NO THEY'll LAUGH AT YOU!!!" For some reason they all sound like Adam Sandler and Christopher Walken.
    Coarse edged youth, the irish pendants string from their smiles
    not yet plucked as to slacken the seams
    and drag down the features of age,
    no folds or creases from unkempt wear
    eyes of tranquilty, crystalline-beads
    no sign of despair in their hair, nor their hearts
    but oh they have yet to be experienced and that makes aging so very worth it...ML circa2012

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    I took a selfie once. Sent it to 80 year old mother thinking she would like a picture of her only son. She sent it back saying "How do I delete this damn picture off my phone? It is scaring the cat."

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    I did an ambien selfie once while on a motorcycle trip. But only after I had arrived at my destination and was at the motel and sitting in a nice hot bath. I looked like I was in the middle of having a fatal aneurism. It was funny so I put it up on facebook until my wife said something about it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KelJu View Post
    I didn't see it that way. I see it more as her kid is leaning his head against the wall saying to himself, "OMFG, this is so humiliating. My my mom is a dumb whore!"
    Yeah. He's thinking, " shit, i know this is gonna come back one day and bite ME in the ass" .

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    Lol I selfie all the time. Favourite is the 'sneaky nut', send it to my fianc? she love them. If I ever hurt her she's going to fuck me over big time
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    Dare I ask, what is a sneaky nut selfie?




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    & why dont we have the privilege of seeing these sneaky nut selfies

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    Quote Originally Posted by heavyiron View Post
    Dare I ask, what is a sneaky nut selfie?
    Pls hold





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    bump for ichigo, dude gives me a boner everytime I open the forum

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