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Saturday, April 5, 2014

AMERICAN PSYCHIATRIC ASSOCIATION MAKES IT OFFICIAL: ‘SELFIE’ A MENTAL DISORDER


http://adobochronicles.com/2014/03/31/american-psychiatric-association-makes-it-official-selfie-a-mental-disorder/



AMERICAN PSYCHIATRIC ASSOCIATION MAKES IT OFFICIAL: ‘SELFIE’ A MENTAL DISORDER

Photo credit: AP
Photo credit: AP
Chicago, Illinois - The AmericanPsychiatric Association (APA) has officially confirmed what many people thought all along: taking ‘selfies’ is a mental disorder.
The APA made this 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 the lack of self-esteem and to fill a gap in intimacy.
APA said there are three levels of the disorder:
  • Borderline selfitis : taking photos of one’s self at least three times a day but not posting them on social media
  • Acute selfitis: taking photos of one’s self at least three times a day and posting each of the photos on social media
  • Chronic selfitis: Uncontrollable urge to take photos of one’s self  round the clock and posting the photos on social media more than six times a day
According to the APA, while there is currently no cure for the disorder, temporary treatment is available through Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).  The other good news is that CBT is covered under Obamacare.
This is unwelcome news for Makati City in the Philippines, especially for its mayor, Junjun Binay, son of the incumbent vice president.  Makati was recently named selfie capital of the world by Time Magazine. The mayor even organized a ticker tape parade after his city was bestowed the rare honor.

164 responses

  1. […] exemple nous vient d’un article d’Abodo Chronicles qui nous dit que le Selfie est désormais considéré comme un trouble mental par l’APA […]
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  2. This article is obviously a satire, however it opens an interesting conversation regarding the psychological implications of social media. So…why do some people post photos of themselves more than others? If I were to make my best educational guess, based upon evidence found upon my friends (and who’s personalities I know) I would say that there is a common psychological thread. People post pictures of themselves on those particular days because at that moment they feel the best about themselves and to share that moment of positivity and self worth on social media like facebook increases the intensity of feeling good about ones self. A simple personal thought to yourself of: “damn I look good” feels great but 10 supportive comments of: “wow you look HOT” feels 10 times better….which is how I can see this ‘satire’ becoming a real psychological disorder. Self-confidence in many people is no longer justified by ones own acceptance in this social media generation rather their confidence is now defined and dependant upon what feedback they receive. To further my point….all my friends that have children…that is all that they post, their beloved kids…not selfies, because they don’t need instant and continuous gratification, they already have it. Anyone who cares to debate what I have said please do, because I am one who does not and has never needed to fulfill any selfie satisfaction…so perhaps I don’t fully understand one’s intention. Enough said.
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    1. memt kizilkaya  | Reply
      Well, Mrs. Boyle, in your case yes… I could clearly spot the difference between people posting their photos taken by people “other than themselves” and posted on social media networks (may be as remembrance of some good spent times) and people who could never stop flashing their devices in their own faces most of the day… In the former case i see no psychological disorder and deem it to be a very ‘normal’ behavior. As you have mentioned, parents and families need no ‘hot’, ‘awesome’, and ‘gorgeous’ sort of comments. While in the latter, I do agree there is obviously something wrong… especially when it comes to the likes, the relikes of the likes, and the utmost attempt to appreciate the likers…
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  3. […] It has coined the term for people who take selfies as “selfitis,” a so-called mental disorder, the Adobe Chronicles reported. […]
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  4. […] (APA) made this classification during its annual board of directors meeting in Chicago according to adobochronicles.com. They’ve decided to call the disorder selfitis and is defined as ‘the obsessive compulsive […]
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  5. So shouldn’t you also come up with a disorder for people who post their every rant on social media? Or those who text more than a certain number of messages a day? Or people who post photos of other people, the places they’ve been to, or food they’ve eaten? I personally do not post a lot of selfies but I disagree with this. Selfies is a cultural/generational thing so much so that gadgets have been invented to make it easier for people to take them. Calling taking selfies a disorder is like calling this generation’s obsession with certain types of tv shows or their constant job hopping at a certain age a disorder as well.
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  6. I disagree…my opion is when you do selfie’s you excude confidence, its when you don’t post pictures of yourself in the social media, is a sign of low esteem…
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    1. dont you choose nice pictures only when posting? that’s low esteem..
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  7. Donna Whitley  | Reply
    Wow, so movie stars, televised news reporters, models, all those folks in sports, real T.V. people, astronauts, singers of all music, the mega rich, exotic animals n dancers, wild animals, domestic animals, third world country exploded children, and list goes on and on and on……how will they ever survive if there’s a band against, “selfie”. Poor people….
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  8. neurotic disorders are diseases so classified if it hinders the daily functions of a person so as it renders him incapable of performing a normal life on day to day basis, so much so that the person is so engrossed on a particular activity that it is all he is doing everyday that other aspect of life is already neglected.
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  9. AMERICAN PSYCHIATRIC ASSOCIATION? sa tagalog ba ibig abihin nun e samahan ng mga amerikanong sira ang ulo?
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    1. Waahahaha. Just cuz someone is spilling the ugly truth behind the selfies, it didn’t mean folks like you have to flaunt your bitterness.
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  10. I Disagree sa Selfitis :P LOL
    APA is only a group of people that promulgate and made such statement that this one way of self-expression is a mental disorder.
    For everyone who read the post, Is there anybody don’t have a selfie pics which in the category of borderline, acute and chronic?
    If you/everyone has a selfie pics, does it mean that you/everyone will deal on it that they have a “Mental Problem”?
    For me as one of those having selfie pics, I may be can tell its only a diversion that occupies one’s time and thoughts or simply a pastime, dalliance :P or just a way to show yourself coz some of us are introvert/invaginate that persons tend to shrink from social contacts and to become preoccupied with their own thoughts and through selfie they can express there selves.
    Tho’, we have different understanding, interpretation and way of self expression. But if you agree on what they called selfitis, MAGPACHECK-UP NA KA KAY NAA KAY SOMETHING… :D
    #ConfideYourself
    #DiliManKamiMagtug.an
    #MakeSenseTheIssueByAttachingTheReferenceStudy
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    1. Goodluck Philippines  | Reply
      Madam. Search mo sa google yung SATIRE. my gulay ang haba haba ng paliwanag mo hindi mo naman nagets na joke lang tong lahat. in essence, SATIRE = joke. Yung buong adobo chronicles ay puno ng SATIRICAL articles. puro joke ba. Haaaay…
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    2. medyoengot. lol
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  11. LOLwtfkindofworlddowelivein  | Reply
    Sooooooo what I’d like to know is directed at all you people who believe whatever is stamped with an official sounding name: if they say finding things funny is a mental disorder.. would you consider it crazy to laugh?
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  12. Goodluck Philippines  | Reply
    Naman guys.
    Kailangan ba every 5 minutes may magcomment na “THIS IS SATIRE” para hindi tayo mag over react?… kawawa naman ang Pilipinas pag ganun. Puno ng mga “seemingly intelligent” people na hindi marunong mag pause and reflect. tsk. kaya hindi tayo umuunlad eh..
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  13. …April Fools?
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  14. wow… that’s one of the worst diseases ever. It makes a lot of people hate you.
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  15. They should be responsible for this mental disorder because they created facebook and without it nobody will know how to take selfie and nobody know how post it online. That is the reason why they cannot find a cure for it. If they did FB will die.
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    1. Yes. The American Psychiatric Association created Facebook.
      Are you a Scientologist or just an idiot? This article is satire.
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  16. Come on, no phychiatrist would come up with such terms and a research so incomplete… Next time you write an article about something apparently interesting, at least come up with a better text and some references…
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    1. raymund llabres  | Reply
      Come on, no pretentious person would think that this is a legit article…. Next time you write a comment about something apparently intelligent, at least have the common sense to check if you are reading a real article or a satire.
      This goes to everyone who thinks they’re ‘too smart to notice the illegitimacy of the article’ as well. :P
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      1. Actually, the assertion that ‘selfies’ are being diagnosed as a mental disorder isn’t as obviously false as you say. According to the APA’s DSM-IV, the criteria’s highlighed on the article already meet multiple symptoms. One that springs to the top of my head is narcassitic personality disoder (NPD) of the compensatory type.
        So get off your high horse, Raymund. There’s good reason, and evidence, to believe that this may be the case. Though not ‘officially’ so.
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    2. This is CLEARLY satire… Note the heading on the page “… up to date UNBELIEVABLE news”
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    3. Goodluck Philippines  | Reply
      Come on. No sensible person would not be able to recognize this as satire. Chill dude. I assume with that level of “literacy” demonstrated by your comment, i need not elaborate on the meaning of “satire”. ;-)
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  17. […] AMERICAN PSYCHIATRIC ASSOCIATION MAKES IT OFFICIAL: ‘SELFIE’ A MENTAL DISORDER. […]
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  18. haha.. Natatawa ako sa mga reactions.. Address nga pa lang ng site ALAM NA.. hehe.. Nadali kayo.. or baka ako nadali.. hehe.. Anyhow, didn’t convinced me at all.. If this is true, I think most of the world then have mental disorder.. Hehe.. Like Ellen D. during OSCARS.. ^^
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  19. […] Site haberi “Selfie bir psikolojik bozukluktur” olarak yayınladı. (Ahanda burada). Fakat unutulan bir şey vardı.  Bu site bizim Zaytung’un benzeri bir site ve […]

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