Tuesday, February 27, 2007

STOP! You're Hurting Their Self-Esteem!

NEW YORK - Today's college students are more narcissistic and self-centered than their predecessors, according to a comprehensive new study by five psychologists who worry that the trend could be harmful to personal relationships and American society.
Source: The Wisconsin State Journal – Study: College students more narcissistic

The report goes on to note that there are benefits to self-absorption such as more easily meeting new people or getting on American Idol. However, lest you think the only results will be more bountiful recruiting for American Idol the article also notes some negatives. Namely, the inability to establish and maintain close personal relationships:
The study asserts that narcissists "are more likely to have romantic relationships that are short-lived, at risk for infidelity, lack emotional warmth, and to exhibit game-playing, dishonesty, and over-controlling and violent behaviors."

Twenge, the author of "Generation Me: Why Today's Young Americans Are More Confident, Assertive, Entitled - and More Miserable Than Ever Before," said narcissists tend to lack empathy, react aggressively to criticism and favor self-promotion over helping others.
The Wisconsin State Journal – Study: College students more narcissistic
Great, like we need more self-promotion and aggression in this society.

I do not look forward to the day when those young ones start getting into positions of power. Think Enron was bad?