A psychologist and life coach has revealed what your profile picture might say about your personality – and dished on how the photo you choose can even steer potential partners away.
Coach Francesca, who is based in the US, but originally from Romania, studied psychology at at City University in London, and now, has earned viral fame for sharing psychology tips with her 1.2 million followers on TikTok.
While many people often choose the photo that they feel they look the best in for their online profile picture, Coach Francesca has claimed that the snap you choose to put on display can reveal much more than you’d think.
In Coach Francesca’s most recent video, which racked up over 600,000 views, the life coach revealed what your profile picture says about the kind of person you are, and she even detailed how the angle at which its taken can attract or derail potential partners.
Francesca, a Romanian life coach based in the US, took to TikTok to reveal what your profile picture says about your personality
In a two-part series, she shared that there was much more than just looks to profile pictures and even detailed that extroverts often choose pictures of themselves in groups
Grab your friends! Strike a pose alongside your best pals if you want people to know you’re an extrovert
The psychologist began by discussing what it means if you are surrounded by many other people in your profile picture.
‘Extroverts tend to have colorful pictures where they’re surrounded by many people,’ coach Francesca revealed.
She explained that extroverts will often choose a picture of themselves in a group as their profile picture because this is where they feel most comfortable.
The chances of an extrovert having an extended social network is quite high, so they’re most likely going want to show off their group.
Not only are they always surrounded by others in their profile photos, but the photo is usually bright in color or the extrovert is surrounded by lots of colors.
This could also mean the photo will be of them and their squad doing something exciting or attending an event such as a festival or concert.
Are you showing too much skin? Sexy photos could mean you have an inferiority complex
Next, the psychologist explained what it means when you try too hard to be sexy in your profile picture.
Francesca explained a sexy picture could mean you have an inferiority complex
She revealed: ‘Sexy pictures can signify that the person has a inferiority complex where it feels like they need to be more expressive or show more in order to compensate because they don’t feel good enough.’
A 2016 study of 66,000 Twitter users that analyzed personality through social media profile picture choice, found considerable differences in the profile pictures of people with various personalities.
It proved that those who are seen as agreeable and conscientious chose photos with positive emotions attached, while users who are more open with others chose photos that are more aesthetically pleasing.
The study proved the psychologists notion that without us even noticing, our profile picture say a lot about who we are.
So while you may be trying to attract a partner by showing a little extra skin, the psychologist warned you may actually be steering those potential partners away.
Stick to the same photo unless you want people to think you’re insecure
If you’re constantly changing your profile picture, it may be a sign you’re insecure
‘Constantly changing their profile picture can symbolize that the person doesn’t have a strong identity and is pretty insecure,’ the life coach revealed.
People who have a new profile picture every week are also said to be extremely indecisive and are said to not trust people easily.
If you are constantly switching your profile picture, this could mean you are suffering from an identity crisis and are seeking attention from others.
Another reason for changing your profile picture often could be because you’re hurt or feel betrayed.
A good rule of thumb on how often you change your profile picture is it to switch it out a few times a year or if there’s a major change in your life.
Choosing a couples photo could mean that you rely too heavily on your partner
PDA is out! Avoid a photo with your beau because it could mean you rely too heavily on them
If your profile picture is a photo of you and your beau, it could mean that you rely too heavily on them.
In her video, Coach Francesca revealed that this could mean you see your partner as ‘part of [your] identity’
People with anxious attachment styles tend to post more couple pictures than people with avoidant attachment.
An anxious attachment style is one of the three insecure attachment styles and is said to often be rooted in fear of abandonment and insecurity.
Anxious attachment relationships are characterized by a fear or concern your partner will not reciprocate desire for you.
Empathize with others by posing with animals or kids
Francesca added that having pictures with animals or kids makes you seem empathetic
In her second video, the psychologist detailed even more examples of profile pictures that say more about you than you thought.
‘Having pictures with kids or animals shows that you have the ability to empathize or take care of others,’ the life coach noted.
She added that men often use chose these pictures as a ‘mating strategy.’
And if you decide to include the picture of you and your pet or a kid on your dating profile, you may just increase your chances of getting swiped right on.
Researchers from the University of Jaen in Spain have revealed that men are seen as less intimidating and threatening on dating apps when holding a small dog than when pictured alone.
This means that by including that image of you and your pet, you could land more dates and make potential partners feel more comfortable.
Keep your head up! Avoid looking down unless you want to seem like you have a big ego
If you are looking down in your photo, it could be a sign you have a big ego
It’s often easy to tell if someone has a big ego just by looking at their social media, but Francesca has revealed how to spot a big ego by just looking at someone’s profile picture.
‘Pictures looking down transmit a message of superiority and dominance and can sometimes signify a big ego,’ the psychologist said.
Social media was once a place for people to connect and truly share updates about their lives, however; now, it has become difficult for many to tell the difference between connecting with someone and sharing something in hopes of seeking attention and boosting their own ego.
The addiction to social media has created a generation of ‘attention seekers’ that often take to social media to satisfy themselves rather than connect with others.
And while it’s easier to spot a big ego in person, Francesca’s tip can help you spot them by just a glimpse of their profile picture.
The psychologist explained that women look up in photos as a sexual strategy
Want to attract a partner? Look up in pictures
In addition to pictures of people looking down, the psychologist also revealed what it means when people look up in their profile photos.
‘Pictures looking up transmit a message of inferiority and submissiveness,’ she said.
Coach Francesca further revealed that women often look up in their photos as it’s a ‘sexual mating strategy for women.’
Users were quick to flood the psychologist’s comments section with words of praise for her analysis of profile pictures and others even begged for more.
One user said: ‘TikTok really said for you huh.’
‘I’m all,’ added another user.
‘This needs to be a series, I want more info,’ commented another user.
Another user wrote: ‘Me going to change my profile picture.’