Monday, January 14, 2013

A Generation of Deluded Narcissists

. . FACEBOOK certainly highlights what many people suspect, we are raising a generation of narcissists.  Do people who post several status updates daily really believe they are that important?  Probably.  These narcissists also have TWITTER on which to share an infinite stream of 140 words of wisdom to an adoring following.
. . For the past 47 years the American Freshman Survey has been accessing 9 million college students and find them more likely now to consider themselves to be gifted and success-driven, even though their test scores and studying time show no evidence of that.
. . Lead psychologist Jean Twenge has found the tendency toward narcissism in students is up 30 percent in the last thirty-odd years.  He said, "This data is not unexpected.  I have been writing a great deal over the past few years about the toxic psychological impact of media and technology on children, adolescents and young adults, particularly as it regards turning them into faux celebrities—the equivalent of lead actors in their own fictionalized life stories."

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In the past generations children earned their keep. They did not feel entitled to allowances; they worked and often contributed to the family income.  Back in the "horse and buggy days" children never expected to be GIVEN a car at age 16 and often a vehicle better that their parents were driving. They got a job and bought what their meager wage could afford.  These children expected to move out of their parent's house after graduation and start the a life for which they had been training.

Dr. Keith Ablow is a psychiatrist and member of the Fox News Medical A-Team warns, "We had better get a plan together to combat this greatest epidemic as it takes shape.  Because it will dwarf the toll of any epidemic we have ever known. And it will be the hardest to defeat. Because, by the time we see the scope and destructiveness of this enemy clearly, we will also realize, as the saying goes, that it is us."

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