The Psychology of the Selfie: What the Research Says

Author(s) : Barrie Gunter

The Psychology of the Selfie: What the Research Says

Book Details

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : September 2021
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 184
  • Category :
    Clinical Psychology
  • Catalogue No : 95774
  • ISBN 13 : 9781032004723
  • ISBN 10 : 9781032004

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The Psychology of the Selfie provides a comprehensive overview and analysis of research on the significance of selfies, offering insights into the topic from a psychological perspective and examining important issues such as body image, self-objectification, mental health and psychological benefits.

Selfies are a worldwide phenomenon. Although dismissed by critics as a sign of self-absorbed narcissism, they are also a social currency that maintains and reinforces friendships, a feedback loop for self-identity affirmation, a promotional tool for gaining social influence, and a method for preserving memories of life events. In this book, Barrie Gunter expertly explores the psychological underpinnings of the contemporary global phenomenon of "selfies", from the historical roots and meteoric rise due to technical advancements, to the different personality types of selfie-takers, to social relationships, to group and personal identity. Looking at both the psychological nature and impact of selfies, this book reviews different psychological outcomes for selfie-takers, both positive and negative, and the growth in psychological and physical problems that can sometimes arise.

Presenting a comprehensive analysis specifically of selfie behaviour, this book is an essential reference for students and researchers in communications and media, journalism, information studies, psychology and sociology, as well as anyone with a general interest in the phenomenon.

About the Author(s)

Barrie Gunter is a psychologist who worked in broadcasting and academia and is Emeritus Professor at the University of Leicester where he was formerly Professor of Mass Communication.

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