The Narcissism Epidemic

The Narcissism Epidemic

Living in the Age of Entitlement

Book - 2009
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Narcissism -- a very positive and inflated view of the self -- is everywhere. It's what you have if you're a politician and you've strayed from your wife, and it's whyÊfive times as many Americans undergo plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures today than did just ten years ago. It's the value that parents teach their children with song lyrics like "I am special. Look at me," the skill teenagers and young adults obsessively hone on Facebook and MySpace, and the reason high school students physically beat classmates and then broadcast their violence on YouTube for all to see. It's the message preached by prosperity gospel and the vacuous ethos spread by celebrity newsmakers. And it's what's making people depressed, lonely, and buried under piles of debt.

Jean M. Twenge's influential and controversial first book, Generation Me , generated a national debate with its trenchant depiction of the challenges twenty- and thirtysomethings face emotionally and professionally in today's world -- and the fallout these issues create for older generations as well as employers. Now, Dr. Twenge is on to a new incendiary topic that has repercussions for every age-group and class: the pernicious spread of narcissism in today's culture and its catastrophic effects. Dr. Twenge joins forces with W. Keith Campbell, Ph.D., a nationally recognized expert on narcissism, for The Narcissism Epidemic , their eye-opening exposition of the alarming rise of narcissism -- and they show how to stop it.

Every day, you encounter the real costs of narcissism: in your relationships and family, in the workplace and the economy at large, in schools that fail to teach necessary skills, in culture, and in politics. Even the world economy has been damaged by risky, unrealistic overconfidence. Filled with arresting anecdotes that illustrate the hold narcissism has on us today -- from people hiring fake paparazzi in order to experience feeling famous to college students who won't leave a professor's office until their B+ becomes an A -- The Narcissism Epidemic is at once a riveting window into the consequences of narcissism, a probing analysis of the culture at large, and a prescription to combat the widespread problems caused by narcissism. As a society, we have a chance to slow the epidemic of narcissism once we learn to identify it, minimize the forces that sustain and transmit it, and treat it where we find it. Drawing on their own extensive research as well as decades of other experts' studies, Drs. Twenge and Campbell show us how.
Publisher: New York : Free Press, 2009
Edition: 1st Free Press hardcover ed
ISBN: 9781416575986
Branch Call Number: Health & Wellness 155.232 TWE
Additional Contributors: Campbell, W. Keith


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Nov 25, 2016

This book is much more an academic look at narcissism from a societal point of view. If you're looking for something about NPD in particular this won't give you much information. There are much better books out there that explain the individual disorder. "In Sheep's Clothing" is an excellent one if you have been hurt by a narcissist and are trying to understand what happened to you and heal it.

Aug 21, 2016

I'm so smart I wrote this book.

Mar 09, 2011

This is an entertaining read, and is relevant to modern life - but this book is not targeted to address the psychological disorder of narcissism. You may find some intersections with Narcissistic Personality Disorder, but this book deals primarily with cultural "narcissism," which is a more general problem.

Dec 23, 2010

Narcissism --- avery positive and inflated view of oneself --- is everywhere.

This book reveals the pernicious spread of narcissism in today's culture and its rather catastrophic effects on society.

Sudha asked for this book. Neither she nor I could read because of the holidays (prior, during, and after Christmas).

Should borrow it again.


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