Selfies Aren’t For Narcissists Only

Tomorrow is National Selfie Day. And this morning we digging deeper into the psychology of selfies. You might be surprised to know that narcissism isn't the only reason people take selfies.

A study at Brigham Young University explored the reasons people take selfies. As reported in the Brigham Young University News, results of surveys and interviews of a small group of people indicated that there are 3 types of selfie takers: Communicators, Autobiographers, and Self-Publicists.

"Communicators" post photos to start a conversation to take action, educate and increase awareness of social issues and injustices.

"Autobiographers" post photos that are snapshots of their lives such as birth of a child, college graduation, new job, new house, new adventure.

"Self-Publicists" are most like narcissists where they highlight the most positive and favorable parts of their lives. And surprisingly, this group was the smallest of the three types of selfie takers.

Body Language Secrets To A Great Selfie

This morning we're talking about selfies, ahead of national selfie day tomorrow. Here are tips you can use body language to capture your best selfie.

If you want to appear more attractive, you want to give slight head tilt to the left. Or, if you want to come across as smarter or intellectual, head tilt to the right.

The way you hold the camera can make the difference. Hold the camera straight on or slightly elevated to come across self-assured, confident. If it’s too low then you can make yourself look to old as your neck wrinkles and/or double chin are highlighted.

Smiles can be a bit tricky because it's hard to have a genuine smile on command. Most candid shots are better for real smiles. So play with your smile. Close your lips so you're giving a grin. Raise your eyebrows a bit to look more animated. The point is to practice your smile before you snap a photo. Best tip for authentic smiles – think of something funny, tell a joke, be playful with whoever you’re with so you can relax.

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Blanca Cobb is a WFMY News 2 Contributing Editor, body language expert and keynote speaker/corporate trainer who covers nonverbal communication, psychology and behavior. Follow her @blancacobb. The opinions expressed in this article are exclusively hers.