The Narcissism Epidemic Living in the Age of Entitlement

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2010-04-13
  • Publisher: Atria Books

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Narcissism - an inflated view of the self - is everywhere. Public figures say it's what makes them stray from their wives. Parents teach it by dressing children in T-shirts that say "Princess." Teenagers and young adults hone it on Facebook, and celebrity newsmakers have elevated it to an art form. And it's what's making people depressed, lonely, and buried under piles of debt. Jean Twenge's influential first book, Generation Me, spurred a national debate with its depiction of the challenges twenty- and thirty-something's face in today's world - and the fallout these issues create for educators and employers. Now, Dr. Twenge turns her focus to the pernicious spread of narcissism in today's culture, which has repercussions for every age group and class. Dr. Twenge joins forces with W. Keith Campbell, Ph.D., a nationally recognized expert on narcissism, to explore this new plague in The Narcissism Epidemic, their eye-opening exposition of the alarming rise of narcissism and its catastrophic effects at every level of society. Even the world economy has been damaged by risky, unrealistic overconfidence. Drawing on their own extensive research as well as decades of other experts' studies, Drs. Twenge and Campbell show us how to identify narcissism, minimize the forces that sustain and transmit it, and treat it or manage it where we find it. Filled with arresting, alarming, and even amusing stories of vanity gone off the tracks (would you like to hire your own personal paparazzi?),The Narcissism Epidemic is at once a riveting window into the consequences of narcissism, a prescription to combat the widespread problems it causes, and a probing analysis of the culture at large.

Author Biography

Jean M. Twenge, PH.D., author of Generation Me, has been featured in Time, USA Today, The New York Times, and The Washington Post, and on Today, Dateline NBC, and NPR's All Things Considered. W. Keith Campbell, PH.D., author of When You Love a Man Who Loves Himself, has received international attention for his research on narcissism, including in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and The Washington Post, and on the Fox News Channel.

Table of Contents

Foreword to the Paperback Editionp. ix
Introduction: The Growing Narcissism in American Culturep. 1
The diagnosis
The Many Wonders of Admiring Yourselfp. 13
The Disease of Excessive Self-Admiration and the Top Five Myths About Narcissismp. 18
Isn't Narcissism Beneficial, Especially in a Competitive World?: Challenging Another Myth About Narcissismp. 40
How Did We Get Here?: Origins of the Epidemicp. 57
Root Causes of the Epidemic
Parenting: Raising Royaltyp. 73
Superspreaders!: The Celebrity and Media Transmission of Narcissismp. 90
Look at Me on MySpace: Web 2.0 and the Quest for Attentionp. 107
I Deserve the Best at 18% APR: Easy Credit and the Repeal of the Reality Principlep. 123
Symptoms of Narcissism
Hell Yeah, I'm Hot!: Vanityp. 141
The Spending Explosion and its Impact on the Environment: Materialismp. 160
Seven Billion Kinds of Special: Uniquenessp. 180
The Quest for Infamy and the Rise of Incivility: Antisocial Behaviorp. 195
The Chocolate Cake Trap: Relationship Troublesp. 211
All Play and No Work: Entitlementp. 230
God Didn't Create You to Be Average: Religion and Volunteeringp. 244
Prognosis and Treatment
The Prognosis: How Far, and for How Long, Will Narcissism Spread?p. 259
Treating the Epidemic of Narcissismp. 280
Appendix: How Individuals Affect Culture, and Culture Affects Individualsp. 305
Bibliographyp. 309
Acknowledgmentsp. 321
Indexp. 327
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