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Wednesday, August 05, 2015

SELFIE PROPEL'S YOUR ''SELF''

In good olden days, it was mirror that catered our self-glorification and now it is Selfie.  

There is nothing wrong to make it as an obsession. When you post your selfie on social media, it means you are clamouring for attention which is understandable and basic human need.

My younger daughter of  class 9 is a bit obsessed with  selfies these days.  She used to change her Whatsapp profile picture now and then.  More than that, she takes selfies and show us to  extols herself.  Anchoring is her passion.  She stands in front of mirror and rehearses her acts.

A couple of days back  I read an interesting article written by  a women   in a prominent newspaper where she admonished her obsession with selfies. My reading reaction immediately felt to give my take on the issue.



When it comes to selfies, I want to make it clear that there is no abnormality associated with selfies.  In this internet age, everyone is content-generator and this free flow of information parades the inner canvas of a person which  is otherwise conjured up, in the din of daily routine.

Blogging is a social-networking platform where you can liberally share your views/image and candidly air your views virtually on anything.  It is a forum to ventilate your creative stuff locked up inside but  try to find an expression  to get recognition/ appreciation/laurels. It is not wrong to think so.   Everybody wants to give his/her own sermon on life / issues they come across or experiences.  The quality of their argument/thought is based on their upbringing, their environment  and the people they live with them.

Seeking outside validation for our talents is nothing abnormal.  In HRD (Human Resource Development) parlance, it is called Strokes.  In fact, it will help to fine-tune those talents.  In fact your mind is able to synthesise all your experiences to beam back a formidable lesson not only to you for future actions,  but  seek applaud from  like-minded people.   All this can't be viewed in bad light.  Taking selfie and putting in social media is not an alien concept.  In fact,  selfie is the younger sibling of blogging.

I do take selfies now and then to clamour for attention from friends/public.  I took  my selfie a couple of  days back and immediately put in  FB.  I got 32 likes and 3 comments instantly which put me in good cheers for a day.   Whenever, you get positive comments on the selfie,  your self takes a bulge and you feel propelled.  This instant-gratification is a magic pill that must be swallowed.  That's why selfie becomes a mania from teenagers to country heads.

I feel that taking selfies and instantly sharing with friends  on social media can't be dismissed as neurosis.  All of us want to be bloated-selfs before others.  This is the depth psychology.  One need not feel guilty for taking selfies.  Only the bottom point is that indulgence should not go to fanatic levels and the very awareness put you in check. The moment you are aware that you slipped into dangerous obsession, it would bring you back to normalcy.  To protect you from such behaviour,  take introspection of a day's affairs before you retire to sleep.  Raise your self to a level where other's appreciation/ laurels don't matter much and your own savouring of moments in your desired activity pay the rewards.

This my final advice : Take mental selfies imagining yourself excelling in Every Activity !

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