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Nagpur psychiatrist Dr Neha Bhave Salankar speaks about decoding selfie, levels of selfitis, effect on self-esteem

Dr Neha Bhave Salankar, MD in Psychiatry, in her column decodes 'selfie, various levels and how it affects one's self-esteem.
Dr Neha Bhave Salankar

Dr Neha Bhave Salankar is an MD in Psychiatry, who works as a Consultant Psychiatrist in Nagpur. Neha in her column decodes ‘selfie, various levels and how it affects one’s self-esteem… 

Chal beta Selfie le le re? brings to mind the image of Salman Khan gyrating on screen while worshipping Bajrangbali (connection between lyrics and context not understood). The selfie has made an appearance in several Hindi as well as English songs. This article is an offshoot of my previous article Millennials Internet overindulgence exposing them to multiple risks and I will be dissecting selfies here. Selfie? has become a global phenomenon. So much so that it has been incorporated into the dictionary and Oxford Dictionary named it ?Word of the year? in 2013. Twitter declared 2014 as Year of the Selfie? after Ellen DeGeneres posted a star-studded selfie, which instantly went viral and even caused Twitter to crash. Till date it is the most retweeted image ever!

So what makes a selfie so alluring? People have always been fond of getting their own pictures clicked. However, the advent of front facing cameras in smart phones gave birth to the new phenomenon. The ease with which multiple photographs can be clicked (and discarded) and edited is unparalleled. There are several types of selfies: the famous duck face selfie (prompting millions of people to pose as if they are eating invisible spaghetti!), the car selfie, the pet selfie, the groupie etc.

Researchers have found that clicking selfies gratifies (please bear with the technicalities) the Grandiose and Narcissistic urges. Selfies have been described as empowering that promote a sense of well being and being in control. Selfies are clicked in a manner that accentuates attractiveness of the persona. People, mostly adolescents, post these pictures online and develop an addiction for approval? in the form of more ?likes or positive comments. Conversely, disapproval or trolling can result in severe low self-esteem. This contributes to an identity crisis, more severe in adolescents who are grappling with two identities: virtual and real.

Also read: A look at antique Mahalaxmi idols at Raje Mudhoji Bhonsles home in Nagpur

People have become addicted to selfies. Researchers have classified 3 levels of Selfitis: Borderline (at least three selfies a day but not posting on social media), Acute (at least three selfies a day each posted on social media) and Chronic (taking photos round the clock and posting at least 6 a day). The first selfie related death occurred in 2014 when a man accidentally electrocuted himself on top of a train. Since then, several such incidents have been reported such as people falling off buildings, toppling off boats and even being run over by trains!

On a parting note, for better or for worse, selfies are here to stay. It is important for adults to aid the correct use of both technology and media in adolescents as well as be aware of it themselves. As Charles Dickens said Vices are sometimes only virtues carried to excess.

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17 doctors perform 52 surgeries in RCNV’s noble initiative to provide health care to tribes of Melghat

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A planning initiated by Dr Rajesh Singhvi, culminated into a great noble service, in association with MAHAN Trust at Melghat on January 28 and 29. A team of 17 doctors performed 52 surgeries out of which 32 were major surgeries.

Director Medical Rtn Rupeshri Bhoyar worked relentlessly to coordinate and motivate the team of doctors. Dr Ashish and Kavita Satav along with their team at the hospital extended their complete logistics and infrastructure support.

The icing on the cake were non medical activities for the children at the village. Various sports activities, distribution of Sarees sponsored by Rt.ann Sneha Parikh , the prizes to the winning teams and goodie bags to all the children was an added attraction. The children enthralled the audience with their talents at the games like Kabaddi, Kho Kho and Volleyball. Director Community Service Rtn Sandeep Duragkar coordinated the same.

Under the able leadership of President Rtn Shivani Sule with the support of Secretary Rtn Ritika Singhvi RCNV achieved another milestone with the Melghat Camp. Forever generous Rtn Aarouni Verma, Rtn Farnberg Bharucha, Rtn Swati Belkhade, Rtn Madhumati Dhawad, Chirag Singhvi and Rtn Jaishree Chhabrani were also present.

Also Read: Former T20 World Cup captain Gurudas Raut inaugurates DPS MIHAN’s President’s Cup | Nagpur

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Former T20 World Cup captain Gurudas Raut inaugurates DPS MIHAN’s President’s Cup | Nagpur

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The second edition of prestigious President’s Cup in Tennis Ball cricket was held in the sprawling campus of Delhi Public School MIHAN from January 27 to January 30, 2023.

2019 T20 World Cup captain Gurudas Raut was present as Chief Guest and inaugurated the event. The tournament is played on IPL format on knockout basis in which 6 teams participated comprising of students from various schools.

Indian cricketer Faiz Fazal, an Indian cricketer was present as a Chief Guest for closing ceremony. Sanjay Badkas, Secretary, VCA Nagpur and C.D. Manke, Joint Secretary and Chairman of Ground Committee of VCA Nagpur was also present on this occasion as Guests of Honor.

The finals was played between Galaxy Racers and Marvels. Galaxy Racers won the final by defeating Marvels by 11 runs and lifted the President’s Cup 2.0. Aryan Suke of Team Phoenix was awarded the Aranya Kedia Trophy for the player of the Tournament.

Faiz Fazal in his speech, appreciated the efforts taken by Delhi Public School MIHAN by organising the President’s Cup and providing facilities for the development of sports.

Nidhi Yadav, Principal DPS MIHAN highlighted the vision of President and Pro Vice Chairperson Ms. Tulika Kedia who ensures the best of sporting facilities are provided to the students for holistic education and for psycho-socio development. She also thanked the Director Savita Jaiswal for her constant guidance and support.

As a part of this event, Inter Corporate Cricket Tournament was also organised in which eight teams from different corporate sectors participated. Dr Amit Samarth, the Bicycle Mayor of Nagpur graced the occasion as Chief Guest and handed over the trophy to the winning team.

Also Read: President’s Cup 2.0 kickstarts at DPS MIHAN in Nagpur

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12-yr-old Nagpur boy dies after trying to imitate a deadly YouTube video

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A 12-year-old boy named Agranya Barapatre in Nagpur breathed his last after trying to imitate a video on YouTube at his neighbour’s place. The woman, in the video, is seen demonstrating how she escaped with her hands tied behind, gagged and face covered with scarves. He was found hanging from a wooden ladder’s stick on the neighbour’s terrace but there was no knot on the scarf. 

Upon inspection, it was learnt that Agranya had downloaded a video titled ‘Full face cover challenge’ in his phone. Cops said that there was no reason for the teenager to commit suicide but the possibility of an accident could not be ruled out.

Arangya’s mother said the couple had no clue where the scarf came from; he only carried a chakri and a kite. She also revealed that her son usually played on their neighbour’s terrace

Reportedly, Agranya was undergoing a psychiatric treatment as he was a hyperactive kid who wasn’t attentive in studies. He was good with using phones and application so his family tried to keep the phone away from him. However, he would somehow always locate the phone. 

Agranya, the only child to his parents, was supposed to be felicitated at his school on Thursday during Republic Day for securing second position at a double-lathi event at the third National Traditional Lathi Sports Championship in Indore.

Post the incident, he was rushed to Government Medical College but was declared dead. Sakkardara Police registered a case of accident death.

Also Read: President’s Cup 2.0 kickstarts at DPS MIHAN in Nagpur

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