Narcissism as a Societal Trend?

by Trudy on September 30, 2011

I read a fascinating article in Newsweek called United States of Narcissism by Daniel Altman. It is Altman’s reflections on the work of authors Jean M. Twenge and W. Keith Campbell who wrote The Narcissism Epidemic.

I have to say, I know that the US and Canada are different, but I think there is enough evidence that we too may be experiencing this trend. After reading this, the “thunk” up the side of my head was deafening.

For well over a year I have been writing all kinds of blogs that are summed up by this brilliant insight of societal narcissism.  And if narcissism is an extreme obsession with self, indifference to others, refusing to accept responsibility for one’s own actions, then the blogs as a collective may serve as further damning evidence.

The part that worries me most is that Altman thinks it is going to get worse before it gets better, and there will be economic consequences. Gulp. I am not liking the prospects of that.

Ever the optimist, and always looking at how behavior can intervene in a positive way, perhaps we can all push against the trend by being accountable, being aware of our affect, by stepping up and pitching in, by being appreciative, taking time to be positive, and sharing control.

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