Why You Should Always Let Someone Else Choose Your Profile Photo

Kaitlyn McLintock

No one knows you better than, well, you. We've determined which makeup trends complement our specific features, and consequently, which ones to avoid (potentially forever). We've embraced certain colour palettes and denied others. Some of us have even decided that one side is more photogenic than the other.

It's a powerful thing to know what you like and what makes you feel most confident, but sometimes, we put ourselves in a box. Take the almighty profile picture, for instance. It's so common for a friend or family member to snap a picture and wax poetic about how gorgeous we look, only for us to take a glance, make a face, and delete it.

According to a new study published in Cognitive Research: Principles and Implications, we're making a mistake by doing so. In fact, it turns out that we actually do a pretty poor job of perceiving our own faces. Keep reading to learn about the gap between how others perceive us and how we perceive ourselves.

Next, read about how one editor was unphotogenic until she learned a few genius tricks

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