Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Me, Me. Me!

We live in a narcissistic society. Or at least Newsweek thinks so. The article, titled "Generation Me," explores the narcissism epidemic and why we're not all that special.

"...And though it is too soon to tell if our economic free fall will cure America of its sense of economic privilege, it has made it much harder to get the money together to give our kids six-figure sweet-16 parties and plastic surgery for graduation presents, all in the name of "self esteem." And that's a good thing, because as Jean Twenge and W. Keith Campbell point out in their excellent book "The Narcissism Epidemic," released last week, we've built up the confidence of our kids, but in that process, we've created a generation of hot-house flowers puffed with a disproportionate sense of self-worth (the definition of narcissism)," says writer Raina Kelley.

I have to agree. I know a slew of people who think pretty highly of themselves. People who "don't wait in lines" at clubs, think they can get everything for free, who parade around like they're Paris Hilton (and even Paris Hilton shouldn't parade around like she's Paris Hilton)!

"Treating the whole world as if it works for you doesn't suggest you're special, it means you're an ass."

There is a fine line between confidence and narcissism. But, where is the line?

1 comment:

Marley said...

haha, I like this