It has been said that the number of narcissists is on the rise in the United States today. Are you part of the ‘Narcissism Epidemic’, so wrapped up in your self that you lack any consideration for the people around you? Find out…
Narcissism is a term used by psychologists to describe ‘an inflated view of the self, coupled with relative indifference to others.’ In short, a person who is so wrapped up in their own needs wants and desires in this life that they completely forget that their actions may have an impact on the people around them. In fact, at times they may forget that there are people around them altogether! These self-indulgent individuals dedicate all of their time and energy to their own personal gain and recognition in this world in order to accomplish this, they are more than willing to tear down or use the people around them, even those that they consider to be close friends and family.
In their book ‘The Narcissism Epidemic’, psychologists Jean M. Twenge and W. Keith Campbell discuss the growing number of narcissists in the United States today, along with the many ways that our society helps to promote this toxic behavior. From young children, our culture teaches children to focus on materialism, success and shallow values. They are surrounded with discussions of reality television, the paparazzi, plastic surgery, and fame. In a world where we are constantly pushing financial success, material wealth, and physical appearance, is it any wonder that America’s youth are growing into a self-centered, narcissistic lot?
In fact, in 2006, 1 out of every 4 college students that were tested agreed with a majority of the items that are listed on a standard test for Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD). We wonder why we, as a country, have an ‘all about me’ reputation in the world, well we may have found the root of the problem right here! We, as a society, are increasingly more focused on ourselves and how we can personally gain in any given situation than we are about anyone or anything else around us. It’s hard to hear, but the facts are the facts!
This isn’t only seen among our college students. Look at the leadership running our country today, from politicians to high-ranking company CEOs and executives. It’s clear, in many cases, that those calling the shots are often doing so with their own image in mind as opposed to the greater good of the American people.
While we can’t change the world in a day, I challenge you to stop and do some serious self-evaluation. Take a look at your life and the impact that you have on the world around you. Many of us are blind to our own flaws until we seriously take a step back and look at our lives from a new, unbiased perspective… Are you part of the problem or part of the solution? How would you score on a test of narcissistic traits today? Need a little help?
How narcissistic are you? This quiz will reveal the harsh truth…