APA style Narcissism and Selfies Discussion

Psychology Prompt Reply to each Peer

  • Narcissism and Selfies Discussion :

Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this topic especially in regard to leadership and admiration. Interesting, right? What role do you think that psyhopathy (or having lack of empathy) plays in determining who will or will not post selfies on a regular basis? Explain.


  • Narcissism and Selfies Discussion 1

A narcissistic is one who is interested in their physical appearance. In my opinion, Posting selfies on social media can reflect on a narcissistic personality. Social media is a platform for everyone to network and self promote themselves to even try to become famous if possible. Narcissism occurs when people show self-absorption and hold inflated views of themselves (Feldman, 2017). According to (Seidman, 2015) Thus, narcissism can explain only a small amount of the selfie-posting behavior that we observe on social media. Some use social media to seek validation from others.


Feldman, R. S. (2017). Understanding Psychology (13th ed.). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill Education.

Seidman, G. (2015). What is the real link between selfies and narcissism. Psychology Today. Retrieved from https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/close-enco…

  • Maladaptive Coping Strategies Discussion:

According to Feldman, “stress is people’s response to events that threaten or challenge them,” (2017, pg. 454) where coping are efforts to control, reduce, or learn to tolerate the threats that lead to stress (Feldman, 2017). Stress is a part of everyone’s daily lives, without stress we would not be motivated to accomplish our goals. (Feldman, 2017) However, too much stress can deteriorate a person’s health and have a negative impact on their life. Unfortunately there are people who use avoidant coping to cope with stress which lead to worse things such as addictions. In my opinion, the use of defense mechanisms and avoidant coping are a maladaptive way to cope with stress as people who use this ignore stress and fall into worse things. By avoiding to cope with stress or other life issues in a maladaptive way, can lead to more stress, addictions, even overeating. By doing this, more harm is being caused to the person appose to treating the main source that is causing all these issues.

References: Feldman, R. (2017) Understanding Psychology (13th Ed)

  • Maladaptive Coping Strategies Discussion 2:

This week, we discuss stress and behaviors that influence how individuals cope with stress. I am a believer that there exists a balance where stress can be beneficial, however, excessive stress is also detrimental, therefore, it is important to understand and to know effective coping mechanisms in handling stress. According to Feldman (2017), stress is a regular part of our everyday lives that can appropriately inspire us to achieve activities that we need to fulfill. Coping is the effort to manage, mitigate and adjust to factors that lead to stress (Feldman, 2017). There are different types of processes involve in how individuals manage stress, examples of which are emotion-focused coping and problem-focused coping, however, for this discussion, we focus on avoidant coping and defense mechanisms (Feldman, 2017). Avoidant coping involves resorting to activities such as alcohol or drug use and binge eating as means to escape stress (Feldman, 2017). Another aspect of avoidant coping is the idea of wishful thinking or the process of thought that convinces oneself that something will happen that will deter the anticipated stress (Feldman, 2017). In summary, avoidant coping is an effort to escape a perceived stress instead of tackling it head on. On the other hand, defense mechanisms are processes that occurs subconsciously that aides to reduce anxiety or stress by hiding the origin of the stress; simply put, acting as if the stress is not even exists (Feldman, 2017).

In my opinion, both avoidant coping and defense mechanisms are maladaptive behaviors of coping with stress, meaning, these strategies are unhealthy ways of combating stress. According to Feldman (2017), “One of the least effective forms of coping is avoidant coping”. This statement exemplifies the maladaptive nature of these mechanisms in stress coping. In addition, avoidant coping and defense mechanisms are less successful in dealing with stress versus emotion-focused coping and problem-focused coping, therefore, it is more beneficial to use either emotion-focused coping or problem-focused coping as stress management strategies. At the end of day, in my opinion, dealing with the stress head on allows for growth and strengthens an individual’s disposition rather than running away from or denying that stress even exists.


Feldman, R. S. (2017). Understanding Psychology (13th ed.). New York, NY: McGraw