Why do we hate seeing photos of ourselves? This TED talk explains it


posted Wednesday, July 11, 2012 at 7:36 AM EST

Photo-ted-talkDo you ever look at a photo of yourself and just cringe? Yes, that happens to most of it.

The most confounding thing though is that oftentimes your friends will think that very same photo is a great portrait.

So, what's the deal? Is it a good photo or not?

Duncan Davidson, author, software developer and the principal photographer for TED events, thinks he knows the answer. In this 2:30-minute TED talk, Davidson explains the reasons why we think photos of ourselves are horrible when they may not be.

While we're not sure if we agree completely with Davidson's theory, he may be on to something.

Check out the video below and tell us what you think in the comments.

Duncan Davidson: Why do we hate seeing photos of ourselves?