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Can Selfies Help You Squat??!

Recently on social media, based on personality studies and their habits, it’s been said that people who post a lot on Facebook have a mental disorder!

2015 research showed that extroverts are the most likely to update their Facebook with more frequency about their social activities (Marshall, Lefringhausen & Ferenczi, 2015) based on measures of the Big-Five (McCrae & Costa, 1987; McRae & John, 1992); also that narcissists (Raskin & Terry, 1988) posted with high frequency, sharing knowledge about their

diet and exercises; specifically their accomplishments, garnering greatest number of ‘likes’, thus feeding their narcissistic tendencies to post more frequently.

Based on narcissism forming part of Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) (Miller, Price & Campbell, 2012) if you post loads you have a scientifically proven psychopathy!!

Want to read it???

Is this behaviour a good thing in the gym? Extrovert? Narcissist?  Can you perform better?

Roberts, Woodman, Lofthouse and Williams (2015) recognised the narcissists in the female rugby team assessed increased effort during training with game day performance increases or introduction of mastery coaching (with no increased effort for low level narcissists) so here, within this team training environment, yes!

Also Valkenburg, Peter and Schouten (2006) showed positive feedback on social media platforms increased self-esteem; Gonzales and Hancock (20

11) agreed, also endorsing the idea that these  increases in self-esteem, via the use of social media, were probably due to the theory of selective self-presentation (where you put up what you want, creating the perception that you choose).

So for the gym, do these narcissistic, ego boosts help?

If you put up positive ‘selfies’ depicting a ‘gym-self’ that you want or are aiming for, you are likely to get a self-esteem boost! And a self-esteem boosts, especially to extroverted narcissistic, can promote persistence-promoting behaviour; great for performance increases (Stenseng & Dalskau, 2010)!!

So if you have friends who ‘like’ away, then yes – selfie away, it can help your squats!

Selfie Tips:

  • Don’t do it in front of other people training – an unintended gym photobomb is not cool
  • Squat Rack selfie –
    • Girl – YES (everyone loves junk in the trunk)
    • Boy – NO (you look constipated)
  • Don’t take 100– it’s the gym; you’re not supposed to look THAT good!
  • Don’t pull down your waistband, gross….
  • Don’t fish for compliments, also not cool… 


Gonzales, A. L., & Hancock, J. (2011). Mirror, Mirror on my Facebook Wall: Effects of Exposure to Facebook on Self-Esteem. Cyber Psychology & Behaviour, 14(1/2), pp. 79-83.

Marshall, T. C., Lefringhausen, K. & Ferenczi, N. (2015). The Big Five, self-esteem, and narcissism as predictors of the topics people write about in Facebook status updates. Personality and Individual Differences, 85, pp. 35–40.

McCrae, R. R. & Costa, P. T. (1987). Validation of the five-factor model of personality across instruments and observer. Journal of Personal & Social Psychology, 52, pp. 81-90.

McCrae, R. R. & John, O. P. (1992). An Introduction to the Five-Factor Model and Its Applications. Journal of Personality, 1, pp.175-215.

Miller, J. D., Price, J. &  Campbell, W. K. (2012). Is the Narcissistic Personality Inventory Still Relevant? A Test of Independent Grandiosity and Entitlement Scales in the Assessment of Narcissism. Assessment Journal, 19(1), pp. 8–13.

Raskin, R. N., & Terry, H. (1988). A principle components analysis of the Narcissistic Personality Inventory and further evidence of its construct validity. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 54, pp. 890–902.

Roberts, R., Woodman, T., Lofthouse, S. & Williams, L. (2015). Not all players are equally motivated: The role of narcissism. European Journal of Sport Science, 15(6), pp. 536-542.

Stenseng, F. & Dalskau, L. H. (2010). Passion, self-esteem, and the role of comparative performance evaluation. Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, 32(6), pp. 881-894.

Valkenburg, P. M., Peter, J. & Schouten, A. P. (2006). Friend networking sites and their relationship to adolescents’ well-being and social self-esteem. Cyber Psychology & Behaviour, 9, pp. 484–590

Written by Kristina

I own 2 FITWORXS clinics (est'd '06), am Head Sports Rehabilitator down at Grasshoppers RFC, am a Pilates Instructor who now also teaches for the Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute (APPI), Netball Lover & Happy Woman! "Forever Pushing for a Fitworxs Future!"

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