Narcissism vs. Altruism- Are Millennials prepared to positively impact our society? Faith Shotts-Flikkema Cornerstone University Forest Hills Northern High School
What, exactly, is Narcissism?
Dictionary.com: inordinate fascination with oneself; excessive self-love; vanity.
Psychoanalysis: erotic gratification derived from admiration of one's own physical or mental attributes.
Some Current Narcissistic Examples….
Narcissism is not limited to men…
What impact does Hollywood have on the Millennial generation?
“Then the question becomes, why are we preoccupied with this population? (Hollywood) This points toward the mirror. We, too, have become increasingly narcissistic.”
-Drew Pinsky (Dr. Drew)
Introducing Jean Twenge, Ph.D….
Is Narcissism an “epidemic?”
In her new book, The Narcissism Epidemic: Living in the Age of Entitlement, psychologist Jean Twenge of San Diego State University and co-author W. Keith Campbell of the University of Georgia say “research shows more young people today have ‘narcissistic traits’ than in previous generations. Such traits, Twenge says, include a very positive and inflated sense of self, which is illustrated by a preoccupation with MySpace, Facebook and YouTube.”
“On a reality TV show, a girl planning her Sweet Sixteen wants a major road blocked off so a marching band can precede her grand entrance on a red carpet. Five times as many Americans undergo plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures as ten years ago, and ordinary people hire fake paparazzi to follow them around to make them look famous. High school students physically attack classmates and post YouTube videos of the beatings to get attention. And for the past several years, Americans have been buying McMansions and expensive cars on credit they can't afford. ”
Has Narcissism become a societal problem?
Wikipedia: Narcissism applied to a social group is defined as elitism or indifference to the plight of others.
Is there a correlation between narcissism and apathy?