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Rising Tide of Narcissism

AP reports on a comprehensive new study which finds that today’s college students are more narcissistic and self-centered than their predecessors – a trend harmful to self and society.

Its authors say narcissists “are more likely to have romantic relationships that are short-lived, at risk for infidelity, lack emotional warmth, and to exhibit game-playing, dishonesty, and over-controlling and violent behaviors.” They tend to react aggressively to criticism and to be self-promoting and short on empathy.

The researchers traced the phenomenon back to what they called the “self-esteem movement” that emerged in the 1980s, asserting that the effort to build self-confidence had gone too far.

You think?

“We need to stop endlessly repeating ‘You’re special’ and having children repeat that back,” said the study’s lead author.

This would at least be a start.