Taking Too Many Selfies is a Mental Disorder

Taking Too Many Selfies is a Mental Disorder | PakistanTribe.com

Taking Too Many Selfies is a Mental Disorder  | PakistanTribe.com

ISLAMABAD- According to a new study, people who share lots of selfies are displaying psychopathic traits, PakistanTribe.com reported.

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) has officially confirmed that taking pictures of one’s own self is a mental disorder.

According to foreign media reports, The APA made a classification during its annual board of directors meeting in Chicago. The disorder is called ‘selfitis’ and 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 their lack of self-esteem and to fill a gap in intimacy.

As per the classification there are three types of people obsessed with taking selfies. Borderline selfitis, those who take photos of one’s self at least three times a day but don’t post them on social media (Moderately attractive people). Acute selfitis, who take photos of one’s self at least three times a day and post each of the photos on social media (People who have groomed for these activities). Chronic selfitis, those who have the uncontrollable urge to take photos of one’s self round the clock and posting them on social media over six times a day (attention seekers).

It has been found that men who regularly post selfies are more likely to be narcissistic, impulsive and display other characteristics, such as a lack of empathy.

This phenomenon gives us all insights that we can use. It reveals that there is a human desire to be recognized and appreciated. According to the APA, while there is currently no cure for the disorder, temporary treatment is available through Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).


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Ummer Faizan

Ummer Faizan is currently working as a Web Producer at Pakistan Tribe's Islamabad Office. He is the Mass Communication undergrad and holds keen interest in analyzing current state of affairs with the perspective of Pakistani youth.

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