Are Oregon’s glow-in-the dark uniforms a show of narcissism or simply a cry for help?

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A selfie of a Tron-inspired kit sparks debate online about the mental well-being of Oregon football uniforms. Psychologists analyze the fallout from the attention-grab.

By Andrew Pridgen

Seeking consumer and fan validation through colorful and interchangeable variants has been a hallmark of Oregon’s football uniforms for the majority of this century.

Psychologists today warn the Oregon uniform’s increased need for validation combined with continued development of a false self through this imagery could be a red flag that Oregon football uniforms have serious, serious issues and perhaps show signs of psychosis.

Some studies suggest Oregon’s latest uniform is a narcissist—or, at the very least, is running pell mell down the slippery hill of self-objectification. The Oregon uniform’s constant need for identification through changing, surprising and sometimes enraging is one sign of psychopathy, psychologists warn.

Sam Vaknin, author of Malignant Self Love: Narcissism Revisited, says, “The false self serves as a decoy, it attracts the fire. It is a proxy for the true self. It The false self, thus, is a contraption intended to alter other people’s behaviour and attitude towards the narcissist.”

The Oregon uniforms, in a sense, are the embodiment of such proxy.

Others have suggested the Oregon uniform’s latest plea for attention may be a simple case of self objectification revealing fundamental self-esteem issues.

Dr. Jesse Fox, the lead author of a recent study on self-objectification through selfies, used data from 1,000 men between 18 and 40 years old. Participants were asked how many selfies they posted on social media in the last week, along with how many other posts of themselves they’d put on various sites. They were also asked what methods they used to make themselves look better in pictures, such as cropping, filtering, and re-touching—and, in the Oregon uniform’s case—glow-in-the-darking.

The results showed that men (and uniforms) who view their bodies as objects are more likely to edit their photos. Self-objectification tends to be associated with low self-esteem. And while Fox’s study did not reveal a corollary between the Oregon uniform’s increasing diminished self-worth or constant call for attention, it does conclude that the continued self-objectification denotes a craven need for acceptance with likely sinister underpinnings.

 

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