"A plastic surgeon at Assaf Harofeh Medical Center has taken a closer look at the self-portraits of the great 17th-century Dutch artist Rembrandt van Rijn and concluded that he suffered from mild depression, but not a serious disease as has been believed."
When I first read this, I thought... "oh my, what will a plastic surgeon think about me (personally) someday?". Already, I have met or talked to folks who were preparing themselves for meeting with me. Thinking I would be this terrifyingly aggressive and/or mentally unstable artist. Most come to realize I am "cuddlier than expected in real life", as one later remarked on her site.
I was happy to learn after googling around for other information and/or results from this type of psychological research, that little, if any existed beyond this one instance from Assaf Harofeh Medical Center. I say I was happy because I don't believe all self-portraits are shot with the same intention. Some may shoot for lack of models, some for fun, some (as in my case) may find that without really having a clear concept or idea in mind before a shoot, that giving direction with no direction is quite impossible.