Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Hey Under-30s Crowd, Have You Overdosed on Narcissism?

"Hey Under-30s Crowd, Have You Overdosed on Narcissism?" is the title of an article over at AlterNet that looks at the recent report about Gen-Y narcissism. It offers a little more balance than some of the press reports when the study was first released a week or two ago.

Key Quote:

These young adults are "hard to define," says Jody Turner of the Los Angeles business-strategy consultancy CultureofFuture.com. "Most kids coming out of college are looking at ways of contributing but not giving up their material goals," she says, and finding ways to do that by marrying Gen-X creativity with the "community desire" of other generations.

"You do have to be careful. There's a lot of conflicting evidence," says Christina Hoff Sommers, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington who has studied youths and morality. "Millennials are also among the most hardworking and least inclined to self-destructive behavior," she says. "They've behaved better than the Gen-Xers or the baby boomers. ... They're closer to their parents than [were] previous generations."

Still, according to the study, 30 percent more college students showed "elevated narcissism" in 2006 compared with 1982. Over 25 years, researchers have posed a series of "narcissistic personality inventory" questions, each with two possible answers, to more than 16,000 students, with the latest survey conducted last year.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

I tried to discover how this narcissism of my generation has actually affected the ways we interact with each other in intimate relationships. I'm 29, and I wrote a book about just this subject.
Narcissistic Personality Disorder
the book by Kent Daniel Glowinski



January 18, 2008 – OTTAWA, CANADA – Today, Canadian lawyer Kent Glowinski, age 29, released his first book “Narcissistic Personality Disorder”.

“Have you ever told a terrible ex that you would write a book about your relationship? This is that book. Rather than burn your bridges with exes, why not blow them to pieces?” stated Glowinski.

Through the over fifty poems set in various locations, including an IKEA store, under a Martha Stewart Duvet Cover, and at a murder-by-knitting-needle scene, Glowinski weaves together the story of a relationship gone horribly wrong - small battles over cups of tea, full-scale wars over an afternoon leek soup.

Narcissistic Personality Disorder is a book about falling in love with the unlovable: the arrogant, the self-centred and the narcissistic; and speaks not only in terms of the wreckage we leave behind when love implodes, but the different ways we couples communicate: through social class, different upbringings, values, and style of loving one another.

“This is the perfect Valentines day gift for an awful ex,” concluded Glowinski.

More information and book purchase can be made at www.narcissism.ca. Book will be in retail outlets/Amazon.com later in the month.

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