Self-portrait photographs can express different aspects of the author’s personality. In particular, selfies magnify difficulties with the mind-body connection, self-creation fantasies and a felt need to remove any mediation involved in the creation of a personal image. The impulse to publish selfies does not stem from a need for real relation-ships, but rather serves narcissistic self-confirmation. When a person takes and shares a selfie, she avoids mentalisation and does not orient towards her internal world, but instead focuses on self-mirroring the posing person. Selfies not only reveal the variable shades of the author’s narcissism, depending on the ty-pology of the selfie, but can also reveal signs of certain schizoid, dependent, histrionic, avoidant, and sometimes even borderline personality traits.

Selfie: Hidden Thoughts, Self-creation Fantasy, Personality Traits / Barbieri, Gian Luca. - In: RIVISTA INTERNAZIONALE DI FILOSOFIA E PSICOLOGIA. - ISSN 2239-2629. - 7:3(2016), pp. 378-389. [10.4453/rifp.2016.0038]

Selfie: Hidden Thoughts, Self-creation Fantasy, Personality Traits

BARBIERI, Gian Luca
2016-01-01

Abstract

Self-portrait photographs can express different aspects of the author’s personality. In particular, selfies magnify difficulties with the mind-body connection, self-creation fantasies and a felt need to remove any mediation involved in the creation of a personal image. The impulse to publish selfies does not stem from a need for real relation-ships, but rather serves narcissistic self-confirmation. When a person takes and shares a selfie, she avoids mentalisation and does not orient towards her internal world, but instead focuses on self-mirroring the posing person. Selfies not only reveal the variable shades of the author’s narcissism, depending on the ty-pology of the selfie, but can also reveal signs of certain schizoid, dependent, histrionic, avoidant, and sometimes even borderline personality traits.
Selfie: Hidden Thoughts, Self-creation Fantasy, Personality Traits / Barbieri, Gian Luca. - In: RIVISTA INTERNAZIONALE DI FILOSOFIA E PSICOLOGIA. - ISSN 2239-2629. - 7:3(2016), pp. 378-389. [10.4453/rifp.2016.0038]
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