Presentation from American Psychological Association National Convention 2015 by Pamela Rutledge, PhD.
We live in the age of selfies. Is this a problem? No. On the contrary, selfies are instant visual communication, focusing on the process of life. They 'speak' to our brains on an emotional level, transmitting not just text but experience. They are also a new visual genre, distinct from all others in history. Portraiture is no longer restricted to the rich and famous and, for the first time in history, we are completely in charge of our own image. Selfies can be empowering and positive, inspiring personal change, increasing mindfulness and gratitude and enhancing social connection.