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What Does Your Selfie Say About You?

Science reveals the true meaning behind your selfies and what they say about your personality. 

Author: Dr Rita Trakhtman, Melbourne cosmetic dentist.

‘‘Selfie’’ was named the word of the year in 2013 by the Oxford English Dictionary. It refers to a self-portrait taken by oneself and posting it on social media. Selfies are a form of self-expression and self-representation.

Is a selfie really just a selfie, or can a selfie give you insight into the human psyche and reveal a lot about your personality?

According to the latest research, selfies reflect their owners’ personality traits. This study is the first to reveal personality-related cues in selfies. Scientists have identified cues in selfies that are related to 4 personality types:

  • neuroticism
  • agreeableness
  • conscientiousness
  • openness.

Here are some of the factors to consider when judging yours or someone else’s selfie: 

  • are you putting a duck face on?
  • is your face zoomed in?
  • is your entire face showing or are you covering part of it?
  • is the location somewhere private, or public?
  • are you smiling?
  • do you have eye contact with the camera or are you looking away?


The results: 

Neuroticism is associated with anxiety, moodiness, low self-esteem, and more negative emotions. Making duckface and not showing full face were perceived as being moody.

Agreeable individuals are kind, cooperative and trusting, and they value social affiliation. Agreeableness were associated with emotional positivity, suggesting that individuals showing more positive emotion in selfies were rated as more agreeable. Agreeableness ratings were also associated with eyes looking at the camera. Selfies without direct eye contact are perceived as more agreeable than those who did not.

Conscientious individuals tend to be cautious, intolerant of ambiguity, hardworking, and disciplined. Those taking selfies in public as more conscientious, you’re showing emotional positivity. Whereas photoshop editing and duck face make you less conscientious.

Openness to experience is related to creativity, curiosity, risk-taking, and preference for novelty and variety. Smiling was perceived as a cue for openness. Whereas selfies with pressed lips were rated as less open


  • Signs you’re neurotic: Duckface, only showing part of your face, zooming in on your face, lips pursed together, photoshopping
  • Signs you’re agreeable: Smiling, not looking at the camera
  • Signs you’re conscientious: Your selfies are in a public place, smiling
  • Sign’s you’re open: Smiling.


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